Since 1997, abortion has been illegal in El Salvador with no exceptions for cases of rape, incest or threat to the mother’s life. Dozens of women have been prosecuted for illegal abortions, in some cases for aggravated homicide. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on the consequences of one of the world’s most stringent abortion laws. Continue reading
In 1981 Jim Lehrer and Robin MacNeil interviewed Margaret Thatcher, then prime minister, about the civil war in El Salvador. Plus Judy Woodruff talks to George Shultz and James Baker, two former secretaries of state who worked closely with Thatcher. Kim Campbell, Canada’s first and only female prime minister, also weighs in. Continue reading
From El Salvador, graduates of the Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism — producer Roberto Daza and correspondent Carl Nasman — report on an epidemic of tooth decay across the countryside, blamed largely on junk food, soda and a lack of education about dental care. Continue reading
City of Asylum/Pittsburgh is a six-year-old program that provides shelter to foreign literary writers who have encountered dangers in their homeland. Watch online exclusive videos of the writers reading their work.
Gwen Ifill reports on the ongoing political standoff in Honduras, where protests continued following the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya, who made an unsuccessful attempt to return Sunday. Continue reading
Amid continuing protests in support of deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, diplomats are attempting to negotiate a peaceful resolution with the country’s new leader. A New York Times reporter gives an update on the situation. Continue reading
In other news, Wall Street fell short of extending an upswing for a fifth day and Pakistan moved to reinstate a top judge to curb a growing political protest. Continue reading
Robert MacNeil and Charlayne Hunter Gault report on the battles in Washington going on over violence and instability in Guatemala. Guests include: Elliott Abrams, Robert Goldman, Congressman Tom Harkin of Iowa, and Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana. Continue reading