Join with Amnesty International and help end the ban on abortions in El Salvador

What’s happening?

In El Salvador, you can end up in jail for having an abortion. In El Salvador, it doesn’t matter if you’re pregnant as a result of rape, or whether the pregnancy is a risk to your life: abortion is banned in all cases. If you’re found guilty of having an abortion, or of helping someone have one, you could be imprisoned for up to 12 years. Even if you have a miscarriage, you could be jailed for up to 50 years for aggravated homicide, because the state suspects you of having a clandestine abortion. With no proper education on sex and relationships, and obstacles to accessing contraception, El Salvador has the highest teen pregnancy rate in Latin America. And more than half of all deaths of pregnant teens are due to suicide.

Every year, thousands of women and girls are denied their human rights by El Salvador’s total ban on abortion. The Salvadoran government is ultimately responsible for the resulting deaths of women and girls, and for the thousands whose human rights have been violated by the ban. The effects of the ban are nothing less than institutionalized violence against women and girls, and amount to torture – a conclusion backed by the UN. El Salvador’s total ban on abortion is a serious human rights violation and must be urgently repealed.

Supporting Amnesty International

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How you can help

Amnesty International is putting together a petition to send to the president of El Salvador. You can call on President Sánchez Cerén to decriminalize abortion. With your help, we can work to decriminalize abortion, release the women and girls who have been imprisoned, ensure safe access to abortions for all women and girls, and guarantee them access to modern contraceptive information and services and education.

Sign the petition now:

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