Las 17 y + (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.

“Las 17 y +” campaign demands the freedom of the 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.

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