• The Guardian

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    5 days ago
  • El Salvador
  • Imelda Cortez faced 20 years in prison after giving birth to the baby of the man who raped her. Today, a judge will formalise the decision to free her. El Salvador has a total ban on abortion, and the law is applied brutally. Cortez, 20, had been abused by her stepfather since the age of 12. Because she hadn’t told anyone about the pregnancy or sought medical attention, prosecutors argued she had attempted to murder her child. Hailed as a precedent-setting ruling, her case has given hope to women in central America and has shown that pressure from international reproductive rights groups can have an impact. Search ‘Today in Focus’ on your podcast player to hear more about Cortez's story.
    Imelda Cortez faced 20 years in prison after giving birth to the baby of the man who raped her. Today, a judge will formalise the decision to free her. El Salvador has a total ban on abortion, and the law is applied brutally. Cortez, 20, had been abused by her stepfather since the age of 12. Because she hadn’t told anyone about the pregnancy or sought medical attention, prosecutors argued she had attempted to murder her child. Hailed as a precedent-setting ruling, her case has given hope to women in central America and has shown that pressure from international reproductive rights groups can have an impact. 
Search ‘Today in Focus’ on your podcast player to hear more about Cortez's story.

    Imelda Cortez faced 20 years in prison after giving birth to the baby of the man who raped her. Today, a judge will formalise the decision to free her. El Salvador has a total ban on abortion, and the law is applied brutally. Cortez, 20, had been abused by her stepfather since the age of 12. Because she hadn’t told anyone about the pregnancy or sought medical attention, prosecutors argued she had attempted to murder her child. Hailed as a precedent-setting ruling, her case has given hope to women in central America and has shown that pressure from international reproductive rights groups can have an impact. Search ‘Today in Focus’ on your podcast player to hear more about Cortez's story.

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scoorieboy Instagram Profile 5 days ago

Horrible stupid laws, backward as regards human rights. Why has the stepfather not been given life in jail? Ridiculous. El Salvador should be treated to international sanctions for this sort of law. And has The Pope weighed in? Thought not.

antikindness Instagram Profile 5 days ago

So no to abortion, but don't care when girls and women are constantly abused by men. Y'all really do hate your girls and women.

elizarado Instagram Profile 5 days ago

This is heartbreaking..how much pain and suffering during the most sensitive years of her life.. so the laws punish the innocent and leave free the criminal..what’s happening with the whole system???speechless..wish her life from now on is peaceful..

celtic.soul Instagram Profile 5 days ago

This is devastating. You back her into a corner, where she had no other options

panitta Instagram Profile 5 days ago

Speechless.. I’m praying for the very best for you from now on, Imelda Cortez. 💫

theopenedmirror Instagram Profile 5 days ago

My god... This woman has endured a nightmare. I hope she feels the love and support of people all over the world ❤️🌎

getwisethenparty Instagram Profile 5 days ago

Obviously thos is wonderful, and highlights the true aspects of pro life and pro choice. But hail the woman who can separate the child from the act. That is power and actually the healing!

pammamabearkk Instagram Profile 5 days ago

All international human and womens rights, UN etc must demand this kind of injustice is never allowed in this day and age I can only imagine how terrifed she was not only of her abuser but then by authorities that should be there to protect her SHAMEFUL I can only also add my sincere wishes for a happy healthy future for Ms Cortez 💚

mastermirage Instagram Profile 5 days ago

Pregnancy can be ended if the women don't want a baby. If you push them to give birth, unhappy mother and children also people will increase. Do you need more unhappy population in our world? No !!!!

ac.stark Instagram Profile 5 days ago

Where's the stepfather? Where's the baby today?

franksimmons8746_ Instagram Profile 5 days ago

How many religious leaders came to her defense? Don't forget that barbaric laws like that are a direct result of religious dogma. The Catholic Church in this case, but all the others have jumped on the bandwagon.

noelle.vcourt Instagram Profile 5 days ago

Am I understanding that she was convicted of not going to a medical doctor and not disclosing the pregnancy? Not of actually having or trying to obtain an an abortion? That is horrifying.