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U.S. Should Look To El Salvador To Understand How Criminalizing Abortion Impacts Women

CNN: What women’s lives are like when abortion is a crime
Alice Driver, freelance journalist, translator, and author

“…If Americans want to know what the lives of women are like in a country where abortion and even miscarriage have criminal penalties, they should listen to women in El Salvador … In El Salvador, abortion is illegal, with no exceptions for rape, incest, or the life of the mother. Often, women who are poor are charged with aggravated homicide even in cases of miscarriage. … As women in the U.S. face a reality in which they have fewer and fewer reproductive choices, in which teen pregnancy prevention programs are cut, birth control is not covered by insurance, and abortion is technically legal but not available in many areas due to the closure of clinics — the situation in El Salvador provides an example of what we could look forward to if Republicans achieve their long-held goal of reversing Roe v. Wade…” (10/5).

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