El Salvador Frees Woman Imprisoned Under Anti-Abortion Laws
Feb. 15, 2018
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.
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.
Continued at source: https://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Salvadoran-Judges-Reject-Appeal-in-Abortion-Case--20171216-0001.html
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
A U.S. Nonprofit Is Funding the Fight to Imprison Women for Abortions in El Salvador
By Christina Cauterucci
July 27, 2017
A U.S. anti-abortion nonprofit is funding the fight against legal abortion in El Salvador, funneling between tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars to an organization that supports the Central American country’s punishing laws. Reproductive-rights activists are currently rallying behind a bill that would allow for abortions in cases of rape, nonviable fetuses, and life-threatening health complications. Since 1998, abortions have been prohibited by law under all circumstances in the country—by most accounts, the world’s strictest abortion ban.
Continued at source: Slate: http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2017/07/27/u_s_nonprofit_funds_fight_to_imprison_women_for_abortions_in_el_salvador.html
El Salvador lawyers fight to free raped teenager jailed for abortion
July 14, 2017
BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lawyers in El Salvador representing a teenager who they say suffered a stillbirth but was wrongly imprisoned for murdering her child say they will appeal the decision this month in a case that puts the spotlight on the country's strict abortion ban.
Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez, 19, was handed a 30-year prison sentence earlier this month for aggravated murder by a female judge who ruled the teenager had induced an abortion, which is a crime in the Central American nation.
Continued at source: Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-el-salvador-women-abortion-idUSKBN19Z1VA
El Salvador Activists: 'We're Going To Fight' For Hernandez
Published 13 July 2017
Abortion is illegal in the country under any circumstances, even in cases of rape.
Activists in El Salvador say they won’t stop fighting for Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz, a teenage rape victim who has been sentenced to 30 years for murder after she reportedly had a stillbirth.
"That is an injustice and we're going to fight. We're going to appeal the case and also we are going to fight until the end," Sara Garcia, member of the Colectiva Feminista and Citizens Association for the Decriminalization of Abortion in El Salvador, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in an interview.
Continued at source: Telesur TV: http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/El-Salvador-Activists-Were-Going-To-Fight-For-Hernandez-20170713-0022.html