Marching forth toward Gilead

Via Feministing, Rachel Maddow interviews New York Times Magazine’s Jack Hitt on Air America about the complete criminalization of abortion in El Salvador, which includes a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to life of a fetus. In El Salvador, anyone who is even remotely related to an abortion can be found guilty of murder and sentenced to 2-8 years in prison. If the fetus is found to have been viable at the time of the abortion, the sentence is 30-50 years.

Hitt describes the process by which the State collects evidence of the crime:

When a doctor does a pelvic exam on a woman and sees evidence of an abortion, police are called and then if there’s any ambiguity in the doctor’s assertion, the State has the right to essentially get a search warrant for the vagina, and to have a state-sponsored forensic gynecologist come and essentially examine the scene of the crime.

I second Jessica: Listen to this now.

Also in the piece, Maddows mentions that Human Life International, an anti-choice group based in Virginia, describes the situation in El Salvador as “an inspiration.” Sick.


annamaria at 7:34 PM

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at Friday, April 07, 2006 2:26:00 PM Blogger Dane meets Simone said...


at Friday, April 07, 2006 4:30:00 PM Blogger Kurt said...

can this even be true? wow, the world is going mad...well wait a minute.
maybe we never really left the middle ages...we have a crsuade against the Muslim world going on, the Chinese are in the midst of re-enslaving much of Africa with the help of their own leaders and now there is another Spanish Inquistion.
i know. the past 10 years are really part of a Monty Python skit, co-opted into a John Landis movie...

at Friday, April 07, 2006 7:51:00 PM Blogger Dane meets Simone said...

Maybe Sensenbrenner's next draft can include internment camps for all these illegal Mexicans. Lots of new low-paying, brutality-inducing prison jobs, with cross-training in psychological torture to prepare for an exciting Army career at Bagram, Guantanamo, or even Tehran! Sky's the limit.


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