Host: Paki Wieland
In this episode of Bread and Roses, Paki Wieland speaks to Father Roy Bourgeois, the key activist behind “School of Americas Watch“. Paki and Father Roy talk on the phone about their backgrounds in activism, about School of Americas Watch, and their upcoming trip to El Salvador to struggle for “Las 17”, a number of Salvadoran women who have been incarcerated and punished for having miscarriages.
From the New York Times:
El Salvador has one of the world’s most draconian abortion statutes. It criminalizes abortion on all grounds, including when the mother’s life or health is in danger, and in cases of rape. Women and girls cannot access an abortion even if continuing their pregnancy will kill them, or if their fetuses are not viable…. According to the Agrupación Ciudadana por la Despenalización del Aborto (Citizens’ Coalition for the Decriminalization of Abortion), an El Salvador-based advocacy group, 129 women were prosecuted for abortion-related crimes in the country between 2000 and 2011. Of these, 23 were convicted of receiving an illegal abortion; 26 were convicted of homicide.