One Vote Made the Difference for Guadalupe!

January 22, 2015

The hands of Beatriz who almost died waiting for permission to terminate a pregnancy that could have killed her.

Thanks to everyone who took part in the very urgent social media action to free Guadalupe!

Guadalupe is one of 17 Salvadoran women who were sentenced to 12 to 40 years in prison after suffering miscarriages. The only legal option left for these women is a pardon. Last week, the Salvadoran National Assembly failed to approve a pardon for Guadalupe by just one vote.

Fortunately, the issue was brought up for another vote on Wednesday, January 21. On Tuesday, Amnesty called upon activists around the world to take part in a very urgent action on behalf of Guadalupe by sending Twitter and Facebook messages to individual Salvadoran Assembly Deputies and the parties they represent. The Assembly approved Guadalupe’s pardon by a single vote.

The bad news is that there are still 16 other Salvadoran women who were sentenced to prison for having miscarriages, and there are others who were jailed for having abortions.   (See On the Brink of Death:  The Violence Against Women and the Abortion Ban in El Salvador for more details.)

Please sign Amnesty’s petition calling upon the Salvadoran government to decriminalize abortion and release all of the women who are in prison for abortions or miscarriages!