Salvadoran Judges Reject Appeal in 'Abortion' Case
Published 16 December 2017
by Professor Jose Maria Sison
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.