July 2, 2021
SAN SALVADOR, July 2 (Reuters) - Sara Rogel, a Salvadoran woman who spent 10 years in prison on charges of violating the Central American country's harsh abortion ban when she terminated her own pregnancy, is trying to get her life back after being released last week.
Rogel, who was sentenced to 30 years in prison, was arrested in October 2012 after going to a hospital with bleeding caused by what she said was a fall at home. But she was prosecuted for having an abortion.
June 8, 2021
A woman in El Salvador who was sentenced to 30 years in prison after being accused of terminating her pregnancy and violating the country's strict abortion laws has been freed.
Sara Rogel was arrested nine years ago at the age of 20 after being taken to hospital with bleeding which she blamed on a fall at home.
La Prensa Latina
June 7, 2021
San Salvador, Jun 7 (EFE).- A Salvadoran woman serving a 30-year prison term for allegedly aborting the fetus she was carrying was released on Monday after the Attorney General’s Office decided not to overturn the conditional release granted her by a court.
The Public Ministry reported Friday that it
would not appeal the ruling because “there are no elements on which to base the
said appeal, since it fulfills all the requirements to provide her with the
benefit (of conditional release).”
By JULIA BARAJAS, STAFF WRITER
APRIL 17, 2021
About seven months into her pregnancy, Manuela passed out at her family home in a rural part of Morozán in northeast El Salvador.
Her frightened relatives, who had no car, carried her in a hammock to a hospital many miles away. There, a physician asked the groggy woman, who was hemorrhaging and had lumps on her neck, for her husband. He’d migrated to the U.S., she said.
El Salvador is committing "gender violence" by criminalizing women with obstetric emergencies, human rights groups argued before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.
March 17, 2021 – NBC News
By Albinson Linares, Noticias Telemundo and
Manuela, a mother of two in rural El Salvador, couldn't even walk to the
In February 2008, her relatives had to wrap her in a hammock and transport her
as best they could to the health center two hours away, after a pregnant
Manuela suffered severe pelvic pain, started hemorrhaging, expelled her fetus
and passed out.
Juliet S. Sorensen, Alexandra Tarzikhan, Meredith Heim
March 15, 2021
(THE CONVERSATION) El Salvador outlaws abortion completely, even in circumstances of rape or incest, with penalties ranging from two to 50 years. The abortion ban is so broadly enforced that even women who suffer miscarriages and stillbirths can be prosecuted for murder.
Now an international court will decide for the first time whether these laws violate the human rights of Salvadoran women.
Appeal of Salvadoran woman’s 30-year sentence for suspected abortion comes amid ‘green wave’ of decriminalisation in Latin America.
By Anna-Cat Brigida, Al Jazeera
14 Mar 2021
San Salvador, El Salvador – Lawyers are fighting for the release of one of the dozens of women imprisoned for abortion-related crimes in El Salvador in a case that could signal if the country will be swept up by the region’s “green wave” of abortion decriminalisation.
Sara, a Salvadoran woman identified only by her first name to protect her identity, had a miscarriage in 2012 at the age of 22 when she slipped and fell washing laundry. She was sentenced to 30 years in prison for aggravated homicide but has maintained her innocence.
Demands for justice for Manuela, who died of cancer during 30-year sentence, taken to international court in country first
Joe Parkin Daniels
Fri 12 Mar 2021
When Manuela, a 33-year-old mother of two from rural El Salvador, had a miscarriage in 2008, she did what most women would do: she went to hospital.
There she was handcuffed to her hospital bed, accused of having an abortion, and charged with aggravated homicide.
From Herrera to Herrera: women against the patriarchy in El Salvador
The current climate of anti-abortion zealotry fosters brutal regimes that persecute and torture people such as Manuela, who died while imprisoned for having a miscarriage
DEBORA DINIZ, GISELLE CARINO
12 MAR 2021
The voice that conveyed the information to Morena Herrera, from El Salvador,
was foreign. “There are women who have been imprisoned for abortion,” the voice
said, “and they’ll stay there for 30 years or more.” Herrera could not believe
what she was hearing; under the criminal code, abortion carried a maximum
sentence of eight years. Why such long prison terms? Morena Herrera asked the
speaker, Donna Ferrato, how she knew about these women. Ferrato had just
finished a photo essay for The New York Times on the criminalization of
abortion in El Salvador, and she had heard the story from the imprisoned women
themselves. One of them was Karina Herrera. The coincidence of sharing the same
last name helped Morena embark on a journey to identify these women and take the
fight for their freedom to national and international courts.
AUGUST 31, 2020
BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 100 girls in El Salvador, some as young as 10, got pregnant after being raped at home during the coronavirus lockdown, but strict laws mean they have no safe options to end unwanted pregnancies, campaigners said on Monday.
Under El Salvador’s total ban on abortion, even in cases of rape, incest, a deformed fetus or when a mother’s life is in danger, the girls must carry the pregnancies to term or seek risky backstreet abortions, say reproductive rights advocates.