Radical pro-abortion feminists in El Salvador are using the cases of 17 women serving sentences for infanticide to attempt to decriminalize abortion.
They have searched for cases after 1999, when El Salvador changed its legislation on abortion to recognize all human beings as persons from the moment of conception. They found 17 Salvadorian women who were found guilty of murdering their own babies.
Each case occurred in different circumstances but all of them had a common characteristic: the brutality with which the babies were murdered.
Hanging, asphyxia, stoning and stabbing were some of the ways the woman used to kill their babies. The callousness with which they disposed of the bodies also added to the stern sentences; the women had discarded the babies in cardboard boxes, plastic bags or simply threw them in septic tanks.
Despite these horrific scenarios (E.g. Child born alive dies from drowning in the feces of a septic tank), the pro-abortion activists are claiming that the women did not kill their babies but instead had suffered miscarriages and were unjustly condemned for the miscarriage.
According to Julia Evelyn Martinez, a pro-abortion columnist who was dismissed in 2010 from the Salvadorian Institute for the Development of Women after publicly signing a pro-abortion resolution in contravention of her country’s pro-life policies, the 17 women were “unjustly sent to prison for having lost their babies during a precipitated childbirth.” This version of the story has garnered an enormous amount of media coverage and indignation all over the world.
However, according to local Salvadorian journalist, Evangelina Del Pilar de Sol, the real story has nothing to do with miscarriages and everything to do with infanticide. Mrs. Sol notes that miscarriages are not punishable in El Salvador and the seventeen women were given stern sentences because of the depraved nature of the murders.
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The gruesome circumstances of the deaths of these children were confirmed by numerous local media reports and by the court proceedings which were obtained by LifeSiteNews.
Nevertheless, the radical abortion movement in El Salvador is using these cases to claim that, because abortions are illegal, simple miscarriages are being punished by 30-year sentences.
Critics say this pro-abortion narrative simply isn’t supported by the facts, especially since according to the Salvadorian Penal Code the sentence for the crime of abortion is only between two and eight years.
As well, none of the women were convicted of the crime of abortion, but with aggravated infanticide. In every one of the 17 cases, the children were determined by the investigating authorities to have been born alive and then murdered and discarded.
The use of deception to promote the legalization of abortion has been exposed by such pioneers of the abortion rights movement as Dr. Bernard Nathanson and Norma McCorvey, with the latter now admitting that her story, the basis of the infamous Roe. v. Wade decision in the United States was based upon outright lies.
Attorneys representing the 17 women, with the aid of international proponents of abortion, have initiated formal petitions to the congress of El Salvador to pardon the group of women while simultaneously pushing for the legalization of abortion.