• 50 years in prison for induced abortion? Really?
    Numbers of evidence-based studies have shown that criminalizing and/or restricting access to abortion does not reduce the number of abortions. Moreover, in countries such as El Salvador where abortion is highly restricted, it is typically unsafe, where women seeking abortions are forced to compromise their health and often risk their lives.Research from the World Health Organization (WHO) has similarly indicated that the rate of unsafe abortion worldwide is likely to increase unless women are provided access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services, including access to contraceptives and access to safe and legal abortion. In the case of El Salvador, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women has in fact identified the complete ban on abortion as being a direct contributor to the current high rates of maternal mortality in the country. Furthermore, young, poor and unmarried women are those who are most likely to resort to unsafe abortion, highlighting the impact of restrictive abortion laws in perpetuating social injustice and inequality. Restrictive laws and the threat of criminal sentences may also result in service providers being afraid to provide the necessary care and treatment to women experiencing obstetrical and/or post-abortion care emergencies, for fear of being accused of facilitating access to abortion, thereby further endangering women’s health and lives. One of the most serious consequences of the complete ban on abortion in El Salvador is the incarceration and wrongful imprisonment of numbers of women who have suffered pregnancy-related complications and miscarriages. As noted by the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), the complete ban on abortion in El Salvador has led to “serious cases of suffering and injustice,” allowing for women to be prosecuted for pregnancy losses under any circumstance, and particularly affecting women of lower socioeconomic status.
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    Created by Agrupación Ciudadana Por la Despenalización del Aborto
  • Impeach Brett Kavanaugh
    Judge Kavanaugh has displayed a disdain for women as well as Democrats and progressive thinkers. He is intemperate in his drinking and gambling and does not display judicious behavior. He has repeatedly lied on oath and leaked classified materials. He should not be on the federal bench. He also has lied about his beliefs concerning many important issues including women's reproductive rights just to cite one of many examples. The American Bar Association opposes him as well as many other groups including the Jesuits and the ACLU. In addition to the Dean of Yale Law School, Kavanaugh's alma mater.
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    Created by Barrie Friedland
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