El Salvador Health Workers Fight Back Against Restrictive Abortion Laws
They’re taking a defiant stand. In El Salvador, one of just six countries in the world where abortion is banned, getting the procedure — or helping perform one — can result in upwards of 10 years in jail. But with suicide the leading cause of death for pregnant teens, an underground movement of health care providers is determined to beat the system. Even though the absolute ban is enshrined in the country’s constitution, doctors have devised ways to elude the police, and European activists smuggle in drugs that induce medical abortions.