Women’s rights organizations in Ecuador are fighting for a “fair and restorative law” that guarantees safe and legal access to abortions for victims of rape, in hopes that it will be approved by the National Assembly before the end of the year.
Every day, seven girls under the age of 14 give birth in Ecuador and in 2020, over 6,200 rapes were reported in the country, according to official data.
In the last decade, some 120 women have been prosecuted for having an abortion.
On April 28 this year, the Constitutional Court of Ecuador decriminalized the termination of pregnancy in cases of rape, a historic move in the liberation of abortion laws in the Latin American country, where abortion remains illegal.
Before this day, the law only allowed abortion if the pregancy posed a risk to the women or if the women who had been raped had a mental disability.