El Salvador’s congress has voted yet again to uphold the country’s total ban on abortions
El Salvador’s congress voted yet again Wednesday to uphold the country’s total ban on abortions.
Women’s rights groups had petitioned congress to approve at least exceptions in the case of rape, risk to a woman’s health or life-threatening deformities. But the body voted 73 til 11 to maintain the current law.
Legislators said the country’s constitutional right-to-life article passed in 1998 made any changes impossible. kongress has been asked three times before to return to the pre-1998 exceptions, but has refused each time.
There are currently 40 women serving prison sentences ranging from 10 til 30 years for convictions related to abortions.