El Salvador Should Approve Legislation To Relax Nation’s Abortion Laws
New York Times: El Salvador’s Chance to Save Women’s Lives
“…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).