Quito: FLACSO (Serie Savia), 2021. First edition. Paperback. 111p., bibl., indices, wrps. New. Item #191788
In this fascinating journey through the archives from the mid- 19th century to the first half of the 20th century, Ana María Goetschel recovers the history of abortion in Ecuador to show us the cases and the prevailing legal, medical, political, religious and moral debates at the time. . She discovers that, since the beginning of the Republic, women who had abortions and those who practiced abortion were included in the criminal codes, but few were prosecuted and imprisoned, since most cases were resolved in the domestic sphere.
It was only after the application of the Comprehensive Criminal Code of 2014 that women, especially the poorest who went to public hospitals, began to be prosecuted and even imprisoned for deciding about their bodies. In the 21st century, the hegemonic masculine legal, religious and political power continues to define the reproductive destiny of women and their lives, although, thanks to the incessant work of the women's movement, little by little this crime is being removed from the Ecuadorian Penal Code.