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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prosecutors ask for 40 years in a controversial abortion trial in El Salvador
By Flora Charner, CNN
August 16, 2019
(CNN)The controversial retrial of a rape victim in El Salvador concluded Friday, a case that has drawn international attention because of the country's strict abortion laws and could see the young woman's sentence lengthened.
Evelyn Hernandez was a teenager when she was first accused of inducing an abortion and later convicted of aggravated murder, claims which she has repeatedly rejected.
El Salvador Supreme Court overturns abortion conviction
By The Associated Press
Fri., Feb. 15, 2019
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - El Salvador’s Supreme Court has overturned a 30-year sentence for a woman convicted in July of aggravated homicide for allegedly having an abortion.
The court ordered a new trial for Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz, who was released Friday after almost three years in jail. She was greeted by activists chanting “Evelyn, you are not alone!”