28 September has been the Day for the Decriminalisation of Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean for 22 years. In 2012 the campaign went international, as the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, with actions in the UK and across the World.
On 24 September 2015, the Central America Women’s Network presents its latest briefing paper on Women’s Reproductive Rights, to coincide to demonstrate solidarity with the 28 September campaign in Central America and with the current campaign of Las 17 y más in El Salvador.
According to the Citizen Group for the Decriminalization of Therapeutic, Ethical, and Eugenic Abortion (ACDATEE), 34 Salvadoran women are in jail for abortion-related crimes. CFDA and international rights groups submitted in May 2014 a request to local lawmakers for 17 of the 34 women to be pardoned.The law in El Salvador bans abortion in all circumstances, including when pregnancy is a result of rape or when abortion is required to save a woman’s life. Medical professionals face penalties for any involvement, and are obliged to report suspected abortions.Women and girls are systematically persecuted under this law, even when they have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or obstetric complications rather than procured an illegal abortion. They are often sentenced to life imprisonment.’Las 17′ campaign demands the freedom of 17 of these women wrongly sentenced to life imprisonment following miscarriages or obstetric complications. Many of these women were unable to meet with legal counsel prior to their trial or were not permitted to testify in their own defence Their unfair trials did not meet international standards, with no conclusive evidence presented and decisions based on conjecture and prejudice.Despite this, they received life sentences of up to 40 years in prison for homicide.
During the Festival of Choice, CAWN will collect signatures through postcards that will then be sent to El Salvador. You can print your own postcard and send it to the address provided.
Spain, September 2015.
Just a few days ago, the Senate has passed the new reform on the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Abortion Act. According to this, women between 16 and 18 years old have to provide a parental consent, required under law, to access to a legal and safe abortion. This fact drive us back 35 years, to the law of 1985, and repeal the assumption on the law of 2010, in which all girls and women older 16 years old were free to decide and to access to a legal and safe abortion. According to abortion clinics data, this new legal reform will affect more than 400 minor girls in Spain. Furthermore, it establishes a large step backwards on the Sexual and Reproductive Rights leaving unprotected and in a context of vulnerability to young women.