A US pro-life group is funneling money into El Salvador, whose…

A US pro-life group is funneling money into El Salvador, whose laws have proved fatal for women

  • A self-described “pro-life” group based in the United States is propping up El Salvador’s universal abortion ban, a law that has proved fatal for the Central American nation’s women. 
  • According to a Guardian report published Wednesday, the Virginia-based Human Life International would appear to have gifted Sí a la Vida (“Yes to Life”), the anti-abortion group bolstering El Salvador’s ban on the procedure, nearly $700,000 between 2000 and 2014.
  • The El Salvadoran legislative assembly amended the country’s constitution to criminalize abortion in 1999, outlawing the procedure in every circumstance, including threat to the mother’s life. 
  • Women found guilty of aborting a fetus may be imprisoned for two to eight years, according to Amnesty International; the medical professionals who help them can face 12-year sentences
  • Even a miscarriage can mean prison time — up to 50 years for an aggravated homicide charge. 
  • According to Amnesty International, 11% of patients who opt for clandestine abortions — of which there were roughly 20,000 between 2005 and 2008 — died from their efforts, likely an underestimate. 
  • The inability to secure an abortion may also explain why so many pregnant El Salvadorans take their own lives: Amnesty International reports that 57% of maternal deaths among women and girls aged 10 to 19 are suicides. Read more (7/27/17)