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Supporters hold up signs during an abortion rights rally outside Federal Plaza in Chicago Supporters hold up signs during an abortion rights rally outside Federal Plaza in Chicago, Dec. 1, 2021 (AP photo by Nam Y. Huh).

El Salvador’s Abortion Ban Is Killing Women

Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021

Just as the U.S. Supreme Court prepared last week to hear one of the most contentious abortion cases since Roe v. Wade, which legalized the procedure in 1973, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued a scathing verdict on an abortion case in El Salvador. In its ruling, it held the Salvadoran government responsible for the death of a 33-year-old woman, identified only as “Manuela,” who died in prison in 2010 while serving a 30-year sentence for the “aggravated homicide” of a fetus through a miscarriage.

El Salvador strictly enforces one of the world’s most draconian anti-abortion laws. At a different time, its shocking treatment of women who—intentionally or not—fail to carry a fetus to term might be seen as a rare and exceptional human rights violation. But today, the experiences of Salvadoran women resonate well beyond the country’s borders, including in the United States, where many believe the campaign to restrict abortion rights will soon achieve its aim through a favorable Supreme Court decision. The two court cases are a reminder not only of how often women’s rights are crushed in the name of defending the lives of the unborn, but also of the extremes to which the logic that life begins at conception can ultimately lead. ...

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