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El Salvador: Failure to release woman jailed after miscarriage, outrageous step backward for justice

    December 14, 2017

    A court’s decision not to release a woman forced to spend a decade behind bars after having a miscarriage in El Salvador is an outrageous step backward for justice, Amnesty International said.

    Teodora suffered a stillbirth in 2007, after the rapid onset of serious pain while she was at work. Police arrested her as she lay in a pool of blood. She was later sentenced to 30 years for ‘aggravated homicide’ under El Salvador’s total ban on abortions.

    The trial was marred by irregularities. 

    “Teodora’s tragic story is a sad illustration of everything that is wrong with the justice system in El Salvador, where human rights seem to be a foreign concept,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

    “Instead of punishing Teodora for being a woman, authorities in El Salvador must urgently take a hard look at their outrageous anti-abortion law and take immediate steps to repeal it.”

    Read more:

    El Salvador: Release of woman jailed after miscarriage, a victory for human rights (News, 20 May 2016)

    https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2016/05/el-salvador-release-of-woman-jailed-after-miscarriage-a-victory-for-human-rights/

    For further information, please contact Elizabeth Berton-Hunter, Media Relations 416-363-9933 ext 332 bberton-hunter@amnesty.ca