July 13, 2017

Urgent Action: Woman Convicted Under Unfair Anti-Abortion Law (El Salvador: UA 98.17)


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While Salvadoran legislators have, for months, been postponing the debate on the Criminal Code reform that would decriminalize abortion, another rape survivor has been sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment for having suffered pregnancy-related complications.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Urging the legislators to support the proposal that ends the total ban on abortion;
  • Expressing your profound concern that women and girls in El Salvador are at risk of having their rights to life and health, and their right not to be subjected to discrimination, torture or ill-treatment violated if the criminalization of abortion is maintained;
  • Calling for access to abortion to be guaranteed both in law and in practice, at a minimum, in cases where pregnancy poses a risk to the life or the physical or mental health of a pregnant woman or girl, in cases where the foetus will be unable to survive outside the womb, and in cases where the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.

Contact these two officials by 24 August, 2017:

President of the Commission of the Legislative Assembly
Mario Alberto Tenorio
Presidente de la Comisión de Legislación y Puntos Constitucionales
Email: mtenorio@asamblea.gob.sv
Twitter: @mtenoriosv
Salutation: Dear Mr. President/ Estimado Sr. Presidente

Ambassador Claudia Ivette Canjura de Centeno
Embassy of El Salvador
1400 16th Street, NW, Suite 100, Washington DC 20036
Phone: 202 595 7500  I  Twitter: El_Salvador_EMB
Email: correo@elsalvador.org
Salutation: Dear Ambassador/ Estimada Embajadora

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 98.17
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the actions taken on each case—letters, emails, calls and tweets—and use that information in our advocacy.

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