El Salvador Frees Woman Imprisoned Under Anti-Abortion Laws

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El Salvador Frees Woman Imprisoned Under Anti-Abortion Laws

Feb. 15, 2018
Reuters

SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - An El Salvadoran woman, serving a 30-year prison term for allegedly aborting her child, was freed on Thursday after the country's Supreme Court reduced her sentence.

Since 1997, El Salvador has had one of the world's most severe laws against women who have had abortions or those who are suspected of assisting others with abortions.

Prosecutors maintain that Teodora Vasquez, a 34-year-old chef, strangled her baby after it was born in 2007. Her lawyers said she had health complications and had suffered a stillbirth.

Continued: https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2018-02-15/el-salvador-frees-woman-imprisoned-under-anti-abortion-laws

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El Salvador frees woman imprisoned over ‘stillbirth’

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El Salvador frees woman imprisoned over 'stillbirth'
15 Feb 2018

A woman in El Salvador serving a 30-year prison term for allegedly aborting her child has been released after the country's Supreme Court reduced her sentence.

Teodora del Carmen Vasquez was convicted in 2008 of aggravated homicide, after being charged under a strict abortion law prohibiting abortion or miscarriages.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/el-salvador-frees-woman-imprisoned-abortion-180215164922658.html

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El Salvador Frees Woman Imprisoned for Decade Under Abortion Ban

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El Salvador Frees Woman Imprisoned for Decade Under Abortion Ban

By ELISABETH MALKIN
FEB. 15, 2018

MEXICO CITY — A Salvadoran woman who spent almost 11 years in prison under El Salvador’s ban on abortion was freed Thursday after the country’s Supreme Court commuted her sentence.

The case of the woman, Teodora del Carmen Vásquez, underscores the punishment faced by Salvadoran women convicted of homicide after losing a pregnancy. El Salvador forbids abortion under any circumstances, even to save the life of the mother.

Continued: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/15/world/americas/el-salvador-abortion-ban.html

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Salvadoran Judges Reject Appeal in ‘Abortion’ Case

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Salvadoran Judges Reject Appeal in 'Abortion' Case

Published 16 December 2017
by Professor Jose Maria Sison
teleSUR Newsletter

A woman who has an abortion or a miscarriage can face up to 50 years in prison if she is charged with aggravated homicide.

Salvadoran citizen Teodora Vasquez, 37, has served ten years out of a total 30-year prison sentence after her miscarriage was ruled an "abortion" and was charged with aggravated murder.

Vasquez suffered a stillbirth in July 2007, during her ninth month of pregnancy. She called an ambulance after experiencing strong abdominal pain but fell unconscious due to the pain. When she woke up, she discovered that her baby had died. Police accused her of inducing a miscarriage.

Continued at source: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Salvadoran-Judges-Reject-Appeal-in-Abortion-Case--20171216-0001.html

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U.N. appalled at 30-year sentence for woman under El Salvador abortion law

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U.N. appalled at 30-year sentence for woman under El Salvador abortion law

December 15, 2017
Reuters Staff

GENEVA (Reuters) - A 30-year prison sentence for a woman in El Salvador who said her child was stillborn is appalling, U.N. human rights spokeswoman Liz Throssell said on Friday.

The Second Court of Appeal of San Salvador on Wednesday upheld the sentence for Teodora Vasquez, who was convicted in 2008 of aggravated homicide in the death of her child the previous year.

Prosecutors said Vasquez strangled the baby after birth. Her lawyers said she suffered health complications and the baby was stillborn.

Continued at source: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-elsalvador-abortion/un-appalled-at-30-year-sentence-for-woman-under-el-salvador-abortion-law-idUSKBN1E91T1

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Salvadoran woman jailed for ‘abortion’ pleads for freedom

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Salvadoran woman jailed for 'abortion' pleads for freedom
Carlos Mario Marquez, Agence France-Presse

Posted at Dec 09 2017

SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR - A Salvadoran woman jailed for 30 years for a miscarriage deemed to be an illegal abortion on Friday pleaded for her freedom before a court revising her sentence.

"I am paying for a crime I didn't commit," Teodora Vasquez, 34, told the tribunal in San Salvador.

Judges hearing the matter adjourned the hearing until next Wednesday.

Continued at source: http://news.abs-cbn.com/overseas/12/09/17/salvadoran-woman-jailed-for-abortion-pleads-for-freedom

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UN Calls on El Salvador to Stop Jailing Women for Abortion

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UN Calls on El Salvador to Stop Jailing Women for Abortion
November 17, 2017

SAN SALVADOR —
El Salvador should apply a moratorium on laws that punish women with harsh jail terms for having an abortion while it reviews cases of those already incarcerated in the socially conservative Central American country, a top U.N. official said Friday.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, said in a statement he spent part of his two-day trip meeting with women imprisoned for the crime of "aggravated homicide" due to what he described as obstetric emergencies.

Continued at source: https://www.voanews.com/a/un-calls-on-el-salvador-to-stop-jailing-women-for-abortion-/4122213.html

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Does it Matter if Abortion Is Legal?

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Does it Matter if Abortion Is Legal?
A new book warns that even with Roe v. Wade intact, the procedure is still effectively banned in some places.

By Rebecca Grant
November 8, 2017

In 2013, 22-year old Beatriz Garcia found herself in the middle of the global abortion debate, a symbol and a lightning rod for what happens when a woman who lives in a country with a total abortion ban faces a life-threatening pregnancy.
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Michelle Oberman, a professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, opens her new book Her Body, Our Laws: On the Front Lines of the Abortion Wars, From El Salvador to Oklahoma, with Beatriz’s story. The case gives grounding to this ambitious book, which looks at the effects of abortion restrictions in Latin America and the United States. Oberman has spent her career studying the murky ethical waters of pregnancy and motherhood. She’s done research about pregnant women who abuse drugs and written two books about mothers who have killed their children. Her mission with this book is not to argue whether or not abortion should be legal, but to interrogate the impact of laws that restrict it.

Continued at source: https://newrepublic.com/article/145700/matter-abortion-legal

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El Salvador’s FMLN Backs Women’s Group Reforms on Abortion Ban

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El Salvador's FMLN Backs Women's Group Reforms on Abortion Ban

Published 1 November 2017
by Roberto Hernández Montoya

The current Article 133 of the Penal Code punishes women with up to 40 years in prison for undergoing an abortion.

Women's groups have presented reforms to the Salvadoran Legislative Assembly to push for the decriminalization of abortion in four cases, which was backed by FMLN lawmakers.

"We come before the deputies because it is urgent to approve a reform to decriminalize abortion when the life of the woman is in danger, and for other reasons," Margarita Posada, from the board of the Alliance for Women’s Life and Health in the Americas, told AFP.

Continued at source: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/El-Salvadors-FMLN-Backs-Womens-Group-Reforms-on-Abortion-Ban-20171101-0020.html

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Abortion ban in El Salvador has women fearful of miscarriage

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Abortion ban in El Salvador has women fearful of miscarriage

Published October 14, 2017

In El Salvador, the abortion law is so strict just having a miscarriage can land a woman in jail.

The Central American country has some of the toughest anti-abortion laws in the world. Since 1998 any pregnant woman who loses her unborn child can be accused of homicide.

Abortion is banned under any circumstance in the country and women are petrified of having a problematic pregnancy.

Continued at source: https://america.cgtn.com/2017/10/14/abortion-ban-in-el-salvador-has-women-fearful-of-miscarriage

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