Actress turned-abortion activist Alyssa Milano is pressuring a Central American country to abandon its protections for unborn babies and legalize abortion on demand.
Along with other celebrities, Milano (“Who’s the Boss?” “Charmed”) recently joined in a misinformation campaign accusing El Salvador of imprisoning women for miscarriages and stillbirths under its pro-life laws, Live Action News reports.
El Salvador protects unborn babies’ lives, but it is facing intense pressure to legalize abortion on demand. Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights and other pro-abortion groups are urging government leaders to abandon their pro-life laws, thus far without success.
Now, abortion activists are trying to smear the country with misleading stories about women who have been punished for killing their babies.
“Want to know the impact of abortion bans? In El Salvador, a rape survivor is being tried a 2nd time for attempted homicide after having a stillbirth,” Milano wrote on Twitter last year. “Join me & call for #JusticeForEvelyn.”
She urged El Salvador to “stop criminalizing women’s health.”
But, according to the report, Evelyn Hernández Cruz did not have a stillbirth. She is accused of killing her newborn son by throwing him into a septic tank in August 2019 after he was born alive full-term. Authorities said his cause of death was aspiration pneumonia from inhaling fluid and fecal matter from the septic tank.
Other celebrities, including actresses Maggie Gyllenhaal, Amy Brenneman, Top Chef Padma Lakshmi and “Modern Family” actress Sarah Hyland, also have promoted the misinformation campaign, according to the report.
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El Salvador has a strong commitment to the right to life. In 2018, lawmakers rejected an effort to legalize abortion, and, then in March, they signed a letter thanking U.S. President Donald Trump for his pro-life leadership at the United Nations.
Abortion is not health care, and it does not give human rights. It destroys them. Unborn babies are human beings who also deserve compassion and protection under the law.
Legalizing abortion does not help women either. Pro-abortion groups often overestimate the number of illegal and unsafe abortions that occur in countries across the world.
Growing research also indicates that access to basic health care, not abortion, is what really helps improve women’s lives. For example, in 2018, Michelle Oberman, a Santa Clara University law professor, told the Atlantic that she was surprised when she began doing research on abortion in El Salvador. Because abortions are illegal there, she said she expected to find hospitals full of women dying from botched abortions, but she did not. According to Oberman’s research, better medical care, along with an increased availability of abortion drugs online, are leading to fewer maternal abortion deaths.
A Washington Post fact check also found what pro-life advocates have been saying for years: that, in the United States, few women died from abortions in the decade prior to Roe v. Wade, and a rise in the use of antibiotics appears to be the biggest factor in the drop in maternal deaths, not legalized abortions.
Earlier this year, organizations representing more than 30,000 doctors said abortions are not “essential” or “urgent” health care.