Amicus Brief to the Inter-American Court for Manuela v. El Salvador
April 2, 2021 Philip Alston     |    

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On March 5, 2021, the Professor Philip Alston and Leah Motzkin submitted an amicus curiae brief to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights regarding the case of Manuela v. El Salvador. This brief examines how the harm that Manuela, a young woman living in poverty in El Salvador, suffered is the entirely foreseeable result of the State’s absolute ban on abortion as it affects low-income and other particularly vulnerable women. We submit that the only way to prevent many such women suffering a similar fate in the future is to make abortion legally available and accessible under appropriate circumstances.

Read the full Amicus Curiae brief in English.
Read the full Amicus Curiae brief in Spanish.


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