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.
International Campaign for Safe Abortion
July 22, 2020
After suffering three terrible years of being in prison and being put on trial
– not just once but three times – Evelyn Hernandez has finally been acquitted
by Salvadoran “justice”. What had she done? She had a miscarriage as a
teenager in 2016, but was initially jailed for 30 years. She was successively
accused of “aggravated homicide with premeditation” and then of "homicide
aggravated by negligence". This time, the prosecutor decided not to
challenge her acquittal yet again. She is now finally free, age 22, to live her
life. Sixteen other women are still in prison accused of abortion or homicide,
however, which may also been miscarriages or stillbirths instead. The courts in
El Salvador don’t seem to mind which it is.
by Clément Arbrun, 10 July 2020
For a history of the gross injustice done to her, go to
https://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/page/2/?s=El+Salvador, where the first
two pages of this history can be found (going backwards) followed by similar
cases of other women as well.
These women say they had miscarriages. Now they're in jail for abortion.
By Kate Smith, Gilad Thaler
May 28, 2020 / CBS News
Watch the CBS News Digital documentary "Jailed for Abortion in El Salvador" in the video player above. It premieres on CBSN tonight at 10:30 p.m. ET.
Seven months pregnant, Manuela, a mother of two, said she miscarried at her modest home in rural El Salvador. But the police, and a judge, didn't believe her. They charged and convicted her for aggravated homicide, sentencing her to 30 years in prison.
But Manuela only served two of those years. In 2010, she died alone in a hospital of Hodgkin's lymphoma, a disease her lawyers say caused her to miscarry.
U.N. group says Salvadoran women unfairly locked up for abortion crimes
Anastasia Moloney, Thomson Reuters Foundation
March 2, 2020
BOGOTA, March 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Three Salvadoran women put in prison for abortion-related crimes were detained unfairly and arbitrarily, a United Nations expert group will say in coming weeks amid growing calls for the Central American nation to ease its total abortion ban.
While the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention does not have the authority to order release of a detainee, rights groups hope its recommendation will put pressure on El Salvador to review cases of women behind bars for abortion-related crimes.
Salvadoran activists hurl confetti, paint to protest new abortion trial
Sept 10, 2019
SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Activists in El Salvador threw eggs filled with confetti and sprayed red paint outside the attorney general's office on Monday to a protest a decision to seek a third trial for a woman accused of killing her stillborn son.
Abortion is banned in the socially-conservative Central American country, where women have been prosecuted for stillbirths after home deliveries and abortions induced because of medical emergencies.
Salvadoran prosecutors take aim, again, at woman in abortion case
September 6, 2019
SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - The attorney general’s office of El Salvador announced on Friday it will appeal last month’s acquittal of a young woman accused of killing her stillborn son, marking what would be her third trial in the socially conservative Central American country.
Evelyn Hernandez was exonerated in an August retrial after an earlier judgment found her guilty of homicide and sentenced her to 30 years in prison.
Hernandez, 21, said she was raped by a gang member and was unaware of her pregnancy until just before delivering a stillborn son in early 2016.
Raped, miscarried, arrested: Inside El Salvador’s ‘outrageous’ state-sponsored persecution of vulnerable women
Dozens of women are serving decades-long sentences in the country for miscarriages and stillbirths, often as a result of rape, with some handcuffed to a bed while they are still haemorrhaging. Lucy Anna Gray speaks to the activists and lawyers fighting to free them and change the law once and for all
The Independent, Tom Ford
Sep 1, 2019
After 33-months in prison for having a stillbirth as a result of rape, Evelyn Hernandez was released. Less than two years later she was dragged back to trial with prosecutors demanding she be sentenced to 40 years for aggravated homicide. The now 21-year-old spent three years going through trials, jail and scrutiny, all while she was still recovering. In her first trial, Hernandez didn’t use the sexual assault as defence out of fear of violent repercussion. It wasn’t until she later received therapy that she would share this information.
This dystopian trial in El Salvador is what a total ban on abortion looks like
By Annalisa Merelli
August 20, 2019
When she was 18, Evelyn Beatríz Hernández Cruz, a high-school student from a poor family in Cojutepeque, El Salvador, was raped repeatedly, over the span of few months, by the member of a local gang. She unknowingly became pregnant and, in 2016, suffered a stillbirth during her third trimester.
She then spent nearly three years in prison, battling the country’s strict abortion laws.
El Salvador: Evelyn Hernández cleared over baby's death
20 August 2019
A 21-year-old woman in El Salvador whose baby was found dead in the toilet where she gave birth has been cleared of murder during a retrial.
Evelyn Hernández had always maintained she was innocent, saying that she did not know she was pregnant and lost consciousness during the birth.
Prosecutors had asked for a prison sentence of 40 years.
Salvadoran rape victim jailed for stillbirth not guilty of murder
Evelyn Hernandez, who was previously given 30 years for suspected abortion, found not guilty of homicide in retrial.
by Anna-Cat Brigida
August 19, 2019
El Salvador rape survivor Evelyn Hernandez was found not guilty of charges of aggravated homicide by a Salvadoran court Monday in a case that was the latest win for feminist activists fighting to end the criminalisation of women suspected of having abortions.
Prosecutors asked for a 40-year sentence during the retrial of 21-year-old Hernandez, who was the latest woman to go to trial for an abortion-related crime in El Salvador, a country that enforces its total abortion ban with a harshness unseen in nearly every other country.