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Salvadoran Mothers Incarcerated for Stillbirths

Salvadoran Mothers Incarcerated for Stillbirths

September 14, 2015

Between 1989 and 2009, six Latin American nations passed total abortion bans.  Women in these countries are now denied abortions under every circumstance, even when a pregnancy may put their lives at risk.  In El Salvador, the passage of a total abortion ban was additionally followed by a steep rise in the incarceration of women for the “aggravated homicide” of their “newborns,” often with 30-40 year prison sentences.  Pro-life proponents argue vociferously that these extreme incarcerations are appropriate punishments for women who birthed healthy, full term babies and then killed them to avoid their motherly duties.  Pro-choice proponents, in contrast, argue that these incarcerated women committed no crime, but rather suffered from poverty, limited medical support, and obstetrical emergencies.... Read more about Salvadoran Mothers Incarcerated for Stillbirths

Ya-Wen Lei

Ya-Wen Lei

Associate Professor of Sociology

On Leave for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Research interests:  Political sociology, law and society, economic sociology, sociology of media and information technologies, sociology of work, labor and labor movements, science and technology studies, development, and Chinese studies

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