El Salvador Should Approve Legislation To Relax Nation’s Abortion Laws

New York Times: El Salvador’s Chance to Save Women’s Lives
Editorial Board

“…El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly is considering two amendments to its penal code relating to the abortion ban, neither of which is by any means comprehensive. … If lawmakers do not vote for the bill by the end of the day, they could call an extraordinary session by Monday — which is a fairly common practice there, and something for which advocates of the bill are strongly pushing this year. In May, a more conservative majority will take power, and the lifesaving legislation will become much less likely to pass. … The push to relax El Salvador’s abortion law is supported by not only Salvadoran doctors, but also by the nation’s health ministry and, according to a survey conducted by a local women’s rights group last year, by nearly three-quarters of its citizens. But even if doing so were not popular, passing this legislation would be the right thing to do — a positive step toward recognizing the human rights of Salvadoran women and girls…” (4/26).

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