El Salvador and Abortion Laws



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Seven years ago this girl name Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez Aldana went to jail in El Salvador, She was initially charged with abortion but applicants elevated the charge to aggravated homicide, arguing that the fetus was viable. This girl always gratified that she didn’t have an abortion but that she had lost her unborn baby because of medical complications late in the pregnancy.

On Wednesday, El Salvador’s “Legislative Assembly approved a recommendation by the country’s high court”, Vasquez was to be free from blame! That’s a big turn of events in a country with one of the strongest anti-abortions laws in the world. Even when the health of the mother is at risk, abortion is illegal.

Vasquez herself had been sentenced to 30 years after being found guilty of killing her unborn baby. During the year of 2007 Vasquez was 18 years old. The pregnancy was the result of being raped by her employer. Vasquez says she delivered a stillborn baby alone in her small room at her employer’s house. Later when she continued to have heavy bleeding did she seek help at a hospital. In El Salvador, medical staff are required to report suspected abortions to the police. She was arrested at the hospital. Her 30-year sentence reflected the Salvadoran constitution, which was amended in 1999 to declare that life begins at conception.  Article 1 of the Salvadoran constitution  now gives a fetus the same legal protections as a person. The court says there were fundamental problems with the legal proceedings against her, including a lack of scientific evidence about what caused the death of her baby.

There is no right for abortion during my point of view, but it is cruel how girls get raped! No fetus has the right to be kill during anytime. Some cases are unbelievable this girl Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez has no right to be in jail for her own rights because she was raped.


Fetus at 18 weeks after fertilization 3D Pregn...
Fetus at 18 weeks after fertilization 3D Pregnancy (Image from gestational age of 20 weeks). Retrieved 2007-08-28. A rotatable 3D version of this photo is available here, and a sketch is available here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)