Thursday, September 4, 2008

Pro-Life Nation?

El Salvador is the ultimate Pro-Life Nation. When people talk of being pro-choice, I think of the situation there. It's a deeply religious country.

In El Salvador women often see birth control as a a sin, too. In the town where my daughter works, where there is no running water, limited electricity, rampant poverty, women have huge families. This, I suppose, is God's plan. ? Teen pregnancy is a huge problem. Often no one says who the father is . . . The father, after all, is not responsible.

El Salvador is a macho country. Men are the bosses. Women have their babies. No choice about it.

In El Salvador abortion is a serious crime. If you have an abortion, you could end up in prison. For as long as 30 years.

In El Salvador there are no exceptions — rape, incest, life of the mother — A pregnancy can not be terminated legally. As Jack Hitt wrote in his article, Pro-Life Nation:

"El Salvador has not only a total ban on abortion but also an active law-enforcement apparatus — the police, investigators, medical spies, forensic vagina inspectors and a special division of the prosecutor's office responsible for Crimes Against Minors and Women, a unit charged with capturing, trying and incarcerating an unusual kind of criminal."

An OB-GYN doctor is required by law to report a client if she sees any evidence that the woman has undergone an abortion. Doctor-client confidentiality? No, sorry. This is a pro-life nation.

5 comments:

Valerie Loveland said...

Frightening.

(S)wine said...

well of course. just by virtue of the country's name: The Saviour.

emmapeelDallas said...

I linked here from Erin. Excellent post. This is one terrifying idea.

Judi

Mone said...

This is beyond belief, but I'm sure you know what you saying. It is a shame that something like that goes on in the year 2008.

amberbromer said...

wow. its interesting to compare the two extremes. google "russian abortion" scary on both ends