What Happened to Belén: The Unjust Imprisonment That Sparked a Women's Rights Movement

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What Happened to Belén: The Unjust Imprisonment That Sparked a Women's Rights Movement

By Ana Elena Correa

Foreword by Margaret Atwood The heartbreaking true story of an Argentinian woman imprisoned for having a miscarriage--an injustice that galvanized a feminist movement and became a global rallying cry in the fight for reproductive rights. In 2014, Belén, a twenty-five-year-old woman living in rural Argentina, went to the hospital for a stomachache--and soon found herself in prison.

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Publisher: HarperOne
Publish Date: 09/24/2024
Pages: 240
ISBN-13: 9780063316737
ISBN-10: 0063316730
Language: English

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Foreword by Margaret Atwood

The heartbreaking true story of an Argentinian woman imprisoned for having a miscarriage--an injustice that galvanized a feminist movement and became a global rallying cry in the fight for reproductive rights.

In 2014, Belén, a twenty-five-year-old woman living in rural Argentina, went to the hospital for a stomachache--and soon found herself in prison. While at the hospital she had a miscarriage--without knowing she was pregnant. Because of the nation's repressive laws surrounding abortion and reproductive rights, the doctors were forced to report her to the authorities. Despite her protestations, Belén was convicted and sentenced to two years for homicide.

Belén's imprisonment is a glaring example of how women's health care has become increasingly criminalized, putting the most vulnerable--BIPOC, rural, and low-income--women at greater risk of prosecution. Belén's cause became the centerpiece of a movement to achieve greater protections for all women. After two failed attempts to clear her name, Belén met feminist lawyer Soledad Deza, who quickly rallied Amnesty International and ignited an international feminist movement around #niunamas--not one more--symbolized by thousands of demonstrators around the globe donning white masks, the same kind of mask Belén wore when leaving prison. The #niunamas movement was instrumental in pressuring Argentine president Alberto Fernández to decriminalize abortion in 2021.

In this gripping and personal account of the case and its impact on local law, Ana Correa, one of Argentina's leading journalists and activists, makes clear that what happened to Belén could happen to any woman--and that we all have the power to raise our collective voices and demand change.

Translated by Julia Sanches

About the Author

Julia Sanches is a literary translator working from Portuguese, Spanish, and Catalan. Recent translations include Undiscovered by Gabriela Wiener, shortlisted for the International Booker Prize in 2024, Boulder by Eva Baltasar, shortlisted for the International Booker Prize in 2023, and Migratory Birds by Mariana Oliver, for which she won the 2022 PEN translation prize.

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