I promised myself I would give my computer a rest this weekend, but I could not resist logging on knowing that this article about El Salvador's extreme anti-abortion laws (South Dakota is not far behind) was running in today's NY Times Magazine. It is a must read. Be sure to check out the photographs. Please forward it far and wide:
Today, Article 1 of El Salvador's constitution declares that the prime directive of government is to protect life from the "very moment of conception." The penal code detailing the Crimes Against the Life of Human Beings in the First Stages of Development provides stiff penalties: the abortion provider, whether a medical doctor or a back-alley practitioner, faces 6 to 12 years in prison. The woman herself can get 2 to 8 years. Anyone who helps her can get 2 to 5 years. Additionally, judges have ruled that if the fetus was viable, a charge of aggravated homicide can be brought, and the penalty for the woman can be 30 to 50 years in prison.The South Dakota lawmakers who votd to ban abortions with no exceptions for rape and incest still refuse to discuss the ramifications for women who decide to break the law and have an illegal abortion.