• The Guardian

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    2 months 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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sareeta_s Instagram Profile 2 months ago

Shameful n too disgusting laws !she must get full justice n all women rights, the real culprit must get punishment

kike_cantaderio Instagram Profile 2 months ago

Women are an easy target for them to enforce the law upon, but they are so fearful of battling gang violence. I’m Salvadoran and I can assure you that once we start thinking differently we will see different outcomes. I’m tired of our women not being able to live freely in their own country.

omega_darling Instagram Profile 2 months ago

The stepfather was detained but never formally charged. It’s outcomes like these (abusers walk, victims pay) that make the people believe that women are lesser in value, which triggers the cycles of abuse. More women in this same circumstance are still imprisoned there. How many predators do you think are walking free, abusing girls, boys, women, et cetera?

carolinepaul678 Instagram Profile 1 month ago

I wish one day you will miss me terribly that no matter how hard you look for me, you won't find me. Why? Because, I want you to miss me the way I'm missing you right now.