Heated abortion debate greets El Salvador woman released after 15 years in prison over miscarriage
Jo Tuckman, Mexico City
14 March 2018
The release of a Salvadoran woman who spent 15 years in prison for murder after a miscarriage late in to her pregnancy has sparked a new round of heated debate about El Salvador’s extreme anti-abortion laws.
Maira Figueroa was working as a domestic servant when she started hemorrhaging nine months into her pregnancy, which was the result of rape. After being taken to hospital she soon found herself handcuffed to her bed and accused of killing her baby.