El Salvador congress upholds total abortion ban

El Salvador's congress has voted yet again to uphold the country's total ban on abortions

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador -- El Salvador’s congress voted yet again Wednesday to uphold the country’s total ban on abortions.

Legislators said the country’s constitutional right-to-life article passed in 1998 made any changes impossible. Congress has been asked three times before to return to the pre-1998 exceptions, but has refused each time.

Populist President Nayib Bukele has backed the ban, which is among the harshest in the hemisphere, along with Nicaragua. Bukele also opposes same-sex marriage.

There are currently 40 women serving prison sentences ranging from 10 to 30 years for convictions related to abortions.