The Penal Code of that Central American country prohibits under any circumstance the interruption of pregnancy
Feminist groups strongly demand the decriminalization of abortion in the face of Bukele’s rejection
Kenya returned home after a long nightmare. At the age of 17, while in high school, he was sexually assaulted. She suffered a miscarriage, but was sentenced to 30 years in prison, an aggravated penalty that applies to some interruptions of pregnancy in The Savior. Despite the international outcry his case provoked, he has spent nine years behind bars. This Monday, a judge has finally granted him the conditional freedom.
The history of Kenya was associated with drama from the beginning. First, the violation and the signaling. Then the obstetric emergency that she had to face alone in a barn. Her father found her bleeding and asked for help. The police did not come to her aid. He arrested her for breaking the law and took her away with the clothes she was wearing. The Penal Code of that Central American country prohibits the interruption of pregnancy under any circumstances, with sentences of up to eight years that some prosecutors and judges raise considerably under the charge of “aggravated homicide“
“We celebrate that Kenya is released after spending nine years in prison. We will continue to fight tirelessly and collectively to free the women who are still unjustly detained,” said Morena Herrera, director of the Citizen Group for the Decriminalization of Therapeutic Abortion, Ethical and Eugenic (ACDATEE).
We celebrate the freedom of Kenya. Many thanks to all the people and organizations for their support. We continue to fight for the freedom of those who are missing! #NosFaltanLas17 #ElSalvador # BringHomeLas17 pic.twitter.com/FIkrlAB0Xl
— Citizen Group #ManuelaJusticiaYEsperanza (@AbortoPORlaVIDA) January 18, 2022
Paula Ávila-Guillén is a human rights attorney and executive director of the Women’s Equality Center. He met Kenya when he entered prison in 2014. “She was an 18-year-old girl, full of hope. I’ve seen her grow up in jail and I have witnessed how the total loss of freedom and the agony of life in a Salvadoran women’s prison have impacted her. I hope that now he can come back and achieve those dreams that he had eight years ago.”
Kenya’s parole has not been the fruit of compassion. For years, feminist groups have claimed her in the streets. “Because of our collective power, she will be able to start this new year with her family. We continue to urge the president (Nayib) Watch to work to free the others in prison,” said the collective 17, named for the number of women who were in jail before last Christmas. On December 23, Karen, Kathy and Evelyn, who had also suffered miscarriages, were released.
Las 17, with the support of various celebrities from the United States, including actresses Mila Jovovich, Kathryn Hahn and la abogada Reshma SaujaniThey asked the Salvadoran president for the release of all the victims of an anachronistic Penal Code. At the same time, different feminist organizations demanded that Congress decriminalize abortion through a reform of the current legislation. The proposal was backed by the leftist Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN).
Bukele has already closed the door on that possibility. “I have decided, so that there is no doubt, not to propose any type of reform to any article that has to do with the right to life (from the moment of conception), with the marriage (maintaining only the original design, a man and a woman), or with the euthanasia“He warned at the time from Twitter.