19-El Salvador

In 1997, El Salvador amended its Penal Code and the abortion law took effect in 1998.

Abortion is illegal without exception, even to save the life of the pregnant woman or in cases of rape or incest. Abortion providers and women obtaining abortions face increased prison terms of up to 12 years.

Legislators also amended El Salvador's Constitution in January 1999 to protect the right to life from the moment of conception.