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This is what war against women looks like in El Salvador

The Constitution in El Salvador allows for freedom of speech. There are laws to protect women. There are local and national security forces who are tasked with enforcing the laws and providing citizen security.

Then, what is wrong with this picture? Why is it that a group of women holding a banner that reads: [President] "Mauricio Funes, if Beatriz was your daughter, would you let her die?" are being confronted by heavily armed soldiers? Why are they wearing ski masks to hide their faces? Why the intimidation?

Beatriz is the fictional name of a real woman who will die if she is not allowed to have an abortion. Abortion is completely outlawed in El Salvador, even in cases where the pregnancy will result in the mother's death, as it is in Beatriz's case.

The status of women in El Salvador is not protected by the state. It is assaulted by the state.



mrbeckbeck's picture

Women's power

This picture shows me women's power. Look how intimidated the state is, having to bring out a crowd of heavily armed soldiers! They know that if more and more women demonstrate publicly, the state machine will have a problem on their hands.

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

susanncruz's picture


Very true, Scott. The state is intimidated, but nonetheless, they have denied Beatriz's right to life. The Salvadoran Supreme Court ruled in favor of the state, and the social media is burning with allegations that Beatriz brought this "disgrace" and "tragedy" upon herself by having sexual relations that led to her pregnancy.
The photo just shows how far the state will go to intimidate those who oppose its policies and beliefs. Thank you for your response.
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