Latin America &amp; Caribbean https://reproductiverights.org/taxonomy/term/126/all en Justice for Evelyn https://reproductiverights.org/story/justice-evelyn <span>Justice for Evelyn</span> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">El Salvador frees woman wrongly accused under repressive abortion laws </div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/80" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dowen</span></span> <span>Thu, 08/22/2019 - 13:38</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Text</div> <div class="field__item"><div style="background-color:#ffe4c6; padding:20px 20px 5px 20px;"> <p style="color:#000000; margin:0; padding:0; font-size:11pt; line-height:1.45em;"><strong>UPDATE:</strong> El Salvador’s attorney general has announced that he is appealing Evelyn’s acquittal. This is the state’s third attempt to prosecute Evelyn for having an obstetric emergency. We will continue to work with our Salvadorian partners to ensure Evelyn’s freedom and to secure the release of the remaining women behind bars. </p> </div> <p>Three years ago, Evelyn Hernandez was convicted of aggravated murder after suffering an obstetric emergency, a crime many women are charged with due to the country’s total criminalization of abortion. Monday, she was acquitted after serving nearly three years in prison.  </p> <p>When she was 18, Evelyn was raped and became pregnant; however, she remained unaware of that fact until she went into labor and experienced a stillbirth. After passing out due to blood loss, she woke up in the emergency room and was immediately detained by the police.  </p> <p>Prosecutors charged the teenager with aggravated homicide, claiming she never experienced sexual violence and that she intentionally ended her pregnancy. Evelyn was originally sentenced to 30 years in prison, and upon retrial the prosecution sought to extend her sentence by an additional decade. 40 years for a stillbirth.   </p> <p>Due to the country’s restrictive laws, this is unfortunately not rare. More than a dozen women are currently serving long prison sentences on similar charges in El Salvador. Yesterday’s decision represents an important human rights victory, but more work is needed to overturn the criminalization of abortion and prevent the further persecution of women and girls throughout the country.  </p> <p>The Center and its Salvadorian partner, Agrupación Ciudadana para la despenalización del aborto, are challenging the country’s abortion laws in the courts and in the streets. Together they represent nine women in a case before the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights and will soon be presenting Manuela v. El Salvador before the Inter-American Human Rights Court. Manuela’s case—a Salvadoran woman who was unjustly sentenced to 30 years in prison after suffering an obstetric emergency, and who later died from Hodgkin’s lymphoma because she was not give medical treatment-- will be the first reproductive rights case that the Court will hear. Additionally, they organized the<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wt5jTnSMxXY"> #Las17andMore</a> advocacy campaign to draw national and international attention to this human rights atrocity.  </p> <p>To stay updated on this issue and other Center initiatives, <a href="https://secure3.convio.net/cfrr/site/SSurvey;jsessionid=00000000.app30119b?NONCE_TOKEN=D85B2A5FA47CFD3267C9930174B68ACE&amp;ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&amp;SURVEY_ID=7401&amp;_ga=2.233633432.767904250.1566332656-1337627458.1559248754">sign up for email updates</a>.  </p> <p><em><strong>Photo Disclaimer</strong><br /> The photographs used herein are for illustrative purposes only; they do not imply any particular attitudes, behaviors, or actions on the part of any person who appears in the photographs. None of the people pictured are clients of the Center.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/justice-in-el-salvador" hreflang="und">Justice In El Salvador (Las 17)</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/legal-restrictions-0" hreflang="en">Legal Restrictions</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/latin-america-caribbean" hreflang="en">Latin America &amp; Caribbean</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/regions/el-salvador" hreflang="en">El Salvador</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/around-world" hreflang="en">Around the World</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 22 Aug 2019 17:38:20 +0000 dowen 58655 at https://reproductiverights.org They Are Girls: Reproductive Rights Violations in Latin America and the Caribbean https://reproductiverights.org/document/just-girls-reproductive-rights-violations-in-latin-america-and-the-caribbean <span>They Are Girls: Reproductive Rights Violations in Latin America and the Caribbean</span> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/fact-sheets" hreflang="en">Fact Sheets</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/80" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dowen</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/29/2019 - 18:25</span> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/20190523-GLP-LAC-ElGolpe-FS-A4.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=496311" title="They-Are-Girls-FS.pdf">They Are Girls: Reproductive Rights Violations in Latin America and the Caribbean</a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/legal-protections" hreflang="en">Legal Protections</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/accountability-bodies" hreflang="en">Accountability Bodies</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/latin-america-caribbean" hreflang="en">Latin America &amp; Caribbean</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/at-the-united-nations" hreflang="en">At the United Nations</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/engaging-policymakers" hreflang="en">Engaging Policymakers</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/around-world" hreflang="en">Around the World</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Wed, 29 May 2019 22:25:49 +0000 dowen 58529 at https://reproductiverights.org Demanding Accountability https://reproductiverights.org/demanding-accountability <span>Demanding Accountability</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/80" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">dowen</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/29/2019 - 18:20</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Text</div> <div class="field__item"><meta name="twitter:card" content="summary_large_image" /><meta name="twitter:description" content="Lucía, Fatima, Norma, and Susana were all 14 years old or younger when they were raped by adult men in positions of power. They were all forced to give birth against their will. We're fighting for them at the U.N." /><meta name="twitter:title" content="Demanding Accountability" /><meta name="twitter:image" content="http://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/20190529-ElGolpe-OG-image.jpg" /><p>Latin America is the only region in the world in which the pregnancy rate for girls under 15 years of age is rising. Most of these pregnancies are the result of rape, frequently by family members or other men close to them. Compounding the tragedy of this endemic sexual violence, restrictive laws and policies make it difficult, if not impossible, for these girls to receive the necessary sexual and reproductive health services and information.</p> <p>So today, along with our partners Planned Parenthood Global, Mujeres Transformando el Mundo Guatemala (MTM), Observatorio en Salud Sexual y Reproductiva Guatemala (OSAR), Surkuna Ecuador, Fundación Desafío, and Asociación de Mujeres Axayacatl, the Center filed four cases before the United Nations Human Rights Committee (the Committee) challenging the draconian abortion laws in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Ecuador and demanding accountability for survivors of sexual violence. In denying adolescent girls and survivors of rape the ability to terminate their pregnancies, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua are violating the reproductive rights of these girls and others like them. States must ensure that all citizens have the right to life, health, dignity, equality, and education—forcing girls to remain pregnant is in direct contradiction to this obligation.</p> <p>Our clients Lucía, Fatima, Norma, and Susanna were all 14 years old or younger and living in rural and economically marginalized communities when they were raped by adult men in positions of power. None of them were able to obtain an abortion despite their not wanting to continue their pregnancies, and all of them had to drop out of school after giving birth. In each instance, their rapists have gone free while their lives have been irrevocably interrupted and derailed.</p> <p>In bringing this litigation before the Committee, we are asking the Committee to recognize that these countries' abortion laws are creating serious, irreparable harms, and that the standards under which women and girls are permitted abortion must be expanded. We also ask the Committee to recommend that these countries focus on the vital necessity of creating access to comprehensive reproductive health information for all populations, regardless of their age, race, gender, locality, and socioeconomic context. Ecuador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua must bring their laws in step with international human rights standards that acknowledge the critical importance of allowing girls to lead lives they define for themselves, and to not inflict further tragedy upon survivors of sexual violence by allowing their lives to be completely derailed by these crimes.</p> <p>For more information, see <em><a href="/sites/default/files/documents/20190523-GLP-LAC-ElGolpe-FS-A4.pdf">Just Girls: Reproductive Rights Violations in Latin America and the Caribbean</a></em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/just-girls-reproductive-rights-violations-in-latin-america-and-the-caribbean" hreflang="en">They Are Girls: Reproductive Rights Violations in Latin America and the Caribbean</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/accountability-bodies" hreflang="en">Accountability Bodies</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/latin-america-caribbean" hreflang="en">Latin America &amp; Caribbean</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/at-the-united-nations" hreflang="en">At the United Nations</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/engaging-policymakers" hreflang="en">Engaging Policymakers</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/around-world" hreflang="en">Around the World</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Wed, 29 May 2019 22:20:03 +0000 dowen 58526 at https://reproductiverights.org Innovative litigation filed against three countries to protect girls’ rights in Latin America https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/innovative-litigation-filed-against-three-countries-to-protect-girls%E2%80%99-rights-in-latin-ame <span>Innovative litigation filed against three countries to protect girls’ rights in Latin America </span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/51" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jmccabe</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/29/2019 - 09:19</span> <div class="field field--name-field-new-ty field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">News Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Releases</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">The cases from Ecuador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua highlight the concerning human rights abuses against girls in the region, including forced pregnancies and sexual abuse. </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Text</div> <div class="field__item"><p><strong>Geneva </strong>(PRESS RELEASE) - Today, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Global, Mujeres Transformando el Mundo Guatemala (MTM), Observatorio en Salud Sexual y Reproductiva Guatemala (OSAR), Surkuna Ecuador, Fundación Desafío and Asociación de Mujeres Axayacatl filed a lawsuit with the United Nations Human Rights Committee (the Committee) on behalf of four girls, all survivors of sexual violence from Ecuador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.</p> <p>The cases demand accountability, justice, and reparation for the girls, and call for the adoption and implementation of policies to protect the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls, not only in Latin America but around the world. This is the first time that four cases are presented before the Committee with a combined strategy against different states to tackle a regional issue, and are emblematic of on-going systemic human rights abuses throughout the region, where girls are regularly subjected to sexual abuse and forced into pregnancies and motherhood against their will. </p> <p>The goal of the litigation is to make visible the negative health effects that girls suffer in highly restrictive contexts for sexual and reproductive rights. Each nation is obligated to guarantee the girls’ rights to life and health, to be able to make their own decisions regarding their bodies and path in life, and to live free of gender-based discrimination and violence.</p> <p>“The failure of states to guarantee reproductive rights is a clear violation of human rights,” said Nancy Northup, President and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights. “Systemic sexual violence paired with minimal access to sexual and reproductive health services means that women and girls in Latin America and the Caribbean are frequently forced to carry unwanted pregnancies to term.    </p> <p>“The Center is committed to using the power of law to ensure that women and girls, not only in Latin America but all around the world, are guaranteed access to sexual and reproductive health rights and services,” added Northup. </p> <p>Dr Leana Wen, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Global and Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said, “Today, we are reaffirming that reproductive health care is a human right for all, no matter who you are or where you live. Too many young girls in Latin America, and around the world, have been put in situations that threaten their rights and put their lives at risk because they are not able to access abortion care. As a physician, I know forcing young girls to continue a pregnancy no matter their circumstances or wants, is not only cruel, but will have devastating impacts for them, their families, and their communities. We at Planned Parenthood are proud to stand with partners and say <em>‘son niñas, no madres</em>,’ and urge nations to take action to address this issue and protect the health and rights of all young girls.”</p> <p>Women and girls in Latin America and the Caribbean are frequently forced to carry unwanted pregnancies to term due to restrictive abortion laws or the lack of implementation of the current law establishing its legality. Abortion is completely illegal in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Dominican Republic, and Suriname. In Guatemala, abortion is only legal to avoid risk to a pregnant woman’s life, which is typically interpreted to mean immediate and imminent death. In Perú and Ecuador, abortion is legal when women’s health and life is at risk, but women face multiple barriers in accessing abortion services.</p> <p>“States in Latin America must urgently take the necessary measures to protect girls’ health and rights. Today we hold our governments accountable for these human rights violations, and together we say <em>Niñas no Madres,</em>” representatives of Surkuna Ecuador, Fundación Desafío, OSAR, MTM and Axayacatl stressed.  </p> <p>Official data shows that in Ecuador the birth rate among girls between 10 and 14 years old grew from two and a half per 1,000 births in 2013 to eight per 1,000 births in 2016 — which means that 2,700 girls under 14 years old gave birth each year. In Guatemala, in 2018, 2,256 girls between 10 and 14 gave birth. In Peru, four girls under 15 give birth every day. In Nicaragua, eight out of 10 sexual violence survivors are girls under 13. Maternal mortality increases when pregnancies occur in girls younger than 14.</p> <p>For more information visit: <a href="/">www.reproductiverights.org</a> and <a href="http://www.ninasnomadres.org" target="_blank">www.ninasnomadres.org</a></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/latin-america-caribbean" hreflang="en">Latin America &amp; Caribbean</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/regions/ecuador" hreflang="en">Ecuador</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/regions/guatemala" hreflang="en">Guatemala</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/regions/nicaragua" hreflang="en">Nicaragua</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/in-the-courts" hreflang="en">In the Courts</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Wed, 29 May 2019 13:19:49 +0000 jmccabe 58528 at https://reproductiverights.org The World’s Abortion Laws: Supplemental Publications https://reproductiverights.org/document/worlds-abortion-laws-supplemental-publications <span>The World’s Abortion Laws: Supplemental Publications </span> <div class="field field--name-field-publication-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Publication Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/books-reports" hreflang="en">Books &amp; Reports</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" about="/user/3" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">jeanne</span></span> <span>Tue, 05/28/2019 - 16:25</span> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/World-Abortion-Map.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=5751923" title="World-Abortion-Map.pdf">The World’s Abortion Laws Map (2019)</a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/World-Abortion-Map-AcceleratingProgress.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=291381" title="World-Abortion-Map-AcceleratingProgress.pdf">Accelerating Progress: Liberalization of Abortion Laws Since ICPD (Fact Sheet) </a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/World-Abortion-Map-ByTheNumbers.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=833017" title="World-Abortion-Map-ByTheNumbers.pdf">By the Numbers: The Legal Status of Abortion Worldwide (Fact Sheet) </a></span> </div> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/World-Abortion-Map-GlobalView.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=62233" title="World-Abortion-Map-GlobalView.pdf">A Global View: Mapping Abortion Rights Worldwide </a></span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/the-worlds-abortion-laws-map" hreflang="en">The World&#039;s Abortion Laws Map (2014)</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/united-states" hreflang="en">United States</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/africa" hreflang="en">Africa</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/asia" hreflang="en">Asia</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/europe" hreflang="en">Europe</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/latin-america-caribbean" hreflang="en">Latin America &amp; Caribbean</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/reporting-on-rights" hreflang="en">Reporting on Rights</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Tue, 28 May 2019 20:25:14 +0000 jeanne 58516 at https://reproductiverights.org Peru Apologizes to K.L. https://reproductiverights.org/Peru-Apologizes-to-KL <span> Peru Apologizes to K.L.</span> <div class="field field--name-field-subhead field--type-string field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Subhead</div> <div class="field__item">18 years after K.L. was denied an abortion and forced to carry a nonviable pregnancy to term, Peru offers her an official apology.</div> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/99" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">mthai</span></span> <span>Thu, 03/07/2019 - 18:09</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Text</div> <div class="field__item"><p>K.L. was 17 years old and 14 weeks pregnant when she found out that the fetus she was carrying was anencephalic and would not survive outside of the womb. Despite the fact that abortion is legal in Peru when a pregnant woman’s health is at risk, K.L. was repeatedly denied abortion care by doctors who claimed that the law forbade them from preforming the service. Not only was she forced to carry the pregnancy to term, but the doctors also made her breastfeed her baby until she died four days after being born. This was in 2001.</p> <p>In 2007 the United Nations Human Rights Committee found Peru responsible for violating K.L.’s right to be free from cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment. For forcing K.L. to continue a pregnancy that posed risks to her physical and mental health, Peru was ordered to pay reparations to K.L. as well as implement clear guidelines as to when health care providers are legally permitted--and obligated--to provide abortion services.</p> <p>During the ensuing years, the K.L. case has become a bedrock of reproductive rights jurisprudence and is regularly cited in cases challenging the denial of abortion services. K.L. has become a feminist icon in Peru and her story has helped to motivate reproductive rights activists in the country. Her bravery and willingness to challenge an arbitrary and unjust system has led to significant change and improved the ability of millions of women throughout the world to access reproductive services. Despite the ordeal she went through, K.L. had never received an apology for the suffering she was forced to undergo. On March 5th, 12 years after the judgement and 18 years after her traumatic ordeal, she was finally afforded that opportunity when the government of Peru issued K.L. an official and public apology.</p> <p>Prior to the public apology, the Minister of Justice had a closed-door meeting with K.L. in which he asked her what would be the most important thing for her to hear from him. This was her chance to finally receive the recognition of the personal pain and trauma she was forced to undergo. But instead of focusing on her story, she told the minister that she wanted him talk about the way that Peru violates women’s human rights when they are denied abortion care as she was. She wanted him to acknowledge that it is the responsibility of the state to ensure that the law exists in practice and not just theory. And she assured him that for her, this apology is just the beginning. The end will only occur once the Protocol to Access Legal Abortion (the Protocol), developed by the government as a direct result of her case, is fully implemented. </p> <p>The Minister heeded her request, and in front of a packed room including the Ministry of Health, the First Lady of Peru, and members of congress, the Minister of Justice not only apologized to K.L. but acknowledged that the government must do better to protect the reproductive rights of Peruvian women. In his speech he called upon the Minister of Health directly to ask him to follow through on the successful implementation of the Protocol.</p> <p>“This was far from a symbolic reparation,” said Catalina Martinez Coral, Regional Director of Latin America and the Caribbean. “The fact that there were representatives from all the key ministries showed K.L. that the whole state was in support of this apology. It was important for her to be in that room and hear the Minister of Justice himself acknowledge Peru’s wrongdoing.”  By asking the Minister to speak broadly about the need for human rights reform as well as the Protocol specifically, K.L. provided reproductive rights activists in Peru valuable tools in holding the government accountable. They will be able to point to the government’s words and demand action in return.</p> <p>K.L., it was an honor to represent you and we are forever thankful for your bravery, tenacity, and perseverance and we are so happy that you finally got the apology you deserved.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/kl-v-peru-final-decision" hreflang="en">K.L. v. Peru: Final Decision </a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/a-tale-of-extraordinary-courage-interview-with-kl" hreflang="en">A Tale of Extraordinary Courage: Interview with K.L.</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/interights-un-human-rights-committee-decision-in-kl-v-peru" hreflang="en">Interights: UN Human Rights Committee Decision in K.L. v. Peru</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/latin-america-caribbean" hreflang="en">Latin America &amp; Caribbean</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/regions/peru" hreflang="en">Peru</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-work field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Work</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/engaging-policymakers" hreflang="en">Engaging Policymakers</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-work/around-world" hreflang="en">Around the World</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> Thu, 07 Mar 2019 23:09:43 +0000 mthai 58261 at https://reproductiverights.org El Salvador Releases Three Women Who Were Wrongfully Imprisoned for Obstetric Emergencies https://reproductiverights.org/press-room/el-salvador-releases-three-women-who-were-wrongfully-imprisoned-obstetric-emergencies <span>El Salvador Releases Three Women Who Were Wrongfully Imprisoned for Obstetric Emergencies</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/94" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">firefly</span></span> <span>Thu, 03/07/2019 - 12:33</span> <div class="field field--name-field-new-ty field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">News Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/press-releases" hreflang="en">Press Releases</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Text</div> <div class="field__item"><p>San Salvador (PRESS RELEASE)—The Center for Reproductive Rights celebrates the government of El Salvador's decision to commute the prison sentences of three women who were wrongfully imprisoned after suffering obstetric emergencies. Alba Lorena Rodríguez, Cinthia Marcela Rodríguez, and María del Tránsito Orellana Martínez have been released today, ahead of International Women’s Day.</p> <p>Alba Lorena Rodríguez is one of nine women represented by the Center for Reproductive Rights and its local partner, Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto, before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Alba was 21 years old and had two daughters when learned she was pregnant for the third time in 2009. During her regular prenatal appointment, Alba told her doctor that she had twice experienced bleeding and was assured that her pregnancy was fine. A few weeks later, Alba suffered a miscarriage and sought help, only to be accused of having an abortion and was later accused of aggravated homicide.  Alba was sentenced to 30 years in prison and was denied pardon in 2014, as well as a request to have her sentence commuted in 2015.</p> <p>“Freedom for these women who have been sentenced to prison for felonies they did not commit is just one of the steps that El Salvador has to take to guarantee women’s rights. This wonderful news helps us remind the world that El Salvador has very discriminatory legislation against women because a woman can suffer an obstetric emergency and be sent to prison for aggravated homicide,” said<span> </span><strong>Catalina Martínez Coral, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Center for Reproductive Rights</strong>. </p> <p>“El Salvador continues to ignore its international responsibilities which call for all countries to eliminate every form of discrimination against women and to recognize that forcing women to continue a pregnancy that puts her life or health at risk is cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment.  El Salvador must make stronger efforts to guarantee that reproductive rights are recognized as human rights in the country,” added<span> </span><strong>Martínez Coral</strong>.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-content field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/new-human-rights-case-filed-on-behalf-of-salvadoran-women-who-miscarried-and-are-wrongful" hreflang="en">New Human Rights Case Filed On Behalf of Salvadoran Women Who Miscarried and Are Wrongfully Imprisoned</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/inter-american-commission-on-human-rights-opens-case-involving-salvadoran-woman-wrongfull" hreflang="en">Inter-American Commission On Human Rights Opens Case Involving Salvadoran Woman Wrongfully Imprisoned</a></div> <div class="field__item"><a href="/press-room/salvadoran-court-upholds-freedom-of-woman-wrongfully-imprisoned-after-miscarriage" hreflang="en">Salvadoran Court Upholds Freedom of Woman Wrongfully Imprisoned After Miscarriage</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-issue field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Issues</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-issues/abortion" hreflang="en">Abortion</a></div> </div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <div class="field field--name-field-region field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <h2 class="field__label">Regions</h2> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><a href="/our-regions/latin-america-caribbean" hreflang="en">Latin America &amp; 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Bill in Guatemala </span> <div class="field field--name-field-document-type field--type-entity-reference field--label-visually_hidden"> <h2 class="field__label visually-hidden">Document Type</h2> <div class="field__item"><a href="/document/other" hreflang="en">Other</a></div> </div> <br class="clear" /> <span><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span>Fri, 09/07/2018 - 11:14</span> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-content field--type-entity-reference-revisions field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Primary Content</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--text paragraph--view-mode--default"> <div class="field field--name-field-formatted-text field--type-text-long field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">Text</div> <div class="field__item"><p><span class="TextRun SCXW266484824" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW266484824">Defenders of sexual and reproductive rights in Latin America and the Caribbean </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW266484824" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW266484824">reject Bill No. 5272</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW266484824" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW266484824">, also known as the</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW266484824" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW266484824"> “</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW266484824" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW266484824">Law f</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW266484824" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW266484824">or the </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW266484824" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW266484824">P</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW266484824" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW266484824">rotection of </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW266484824" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW266484824">L</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW266484824" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW266484824">ife and </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW266484824" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW266484824">F</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW266484824" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW266484824">amily” that </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW266484824" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW266484824">seeks </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW266484824" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW266484824">to restrict the right to abortion in Guatemala and discriminate </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW266484824" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW266484824">against </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW266484824" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW266484824">different types of families.</span></span></p> <p>More than 60 organizations from across the Americas have signed onto the statement <span class="TextRun SCXW5067863" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW5067863">rejecting the significant </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW5067863" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW5067863">increase</span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW5067863" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW5067863"> </span></span><span class="TextRun SCXW5067863" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW5067863">in abortion penalties proposed by the bill and <span class="TextRun SCXW152661139" lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US" xml:lang="EN-US"><span class="NormalTextRun SCXW152661139">asking the Guatemalan State to respect its international commitments and to protect and guarantee the fundamental rights of its citizens. </span></span><span class="EOP SCXW152661139"> </span></span></span></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-file-upload field--type-file field--label-visually_hidden crr-upload"> <div class="field__label visually-hidden">File Upload</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="field__item"><span class="file file--mime-application-pdf file--application-pdf"><a href="https://reproductiverights.org/sites/default/files/documents/180903%20ST%20Guatemala_5272_SIGNED_PDF_0.pdf" type="application/pdf; 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