TEENAGER IMPRISONED FOR 30 YEARS FOLLOWING MISCARRIAGE
Many women and girls are dying or being imprisoned as a result of El Salvador's total ban on abortion. Women who miscarry have been accused of homicide and even rape victims are denied a termination.
For the first time since 1998 there’s a chance to overturn the archaic law causing unnecessary pain and suffering for thousands of women and children.
Salvadoran lawmakers will soon debate changes to this law. At this crucial moment, call on them to support the reformed laws that will respect, protect and fulfil the rights of women and girls.
HELP CHANGE EL SALVADOR'S
ARCHAIC ABORTION LAW
On 5 July teenager Evelyn Beatriz Hernández Cruz was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Her crime? Suffering sexual assault and a miscarriage.
According to local reports Evelyn Hernández did not report her rape out of fear for the consequences. On 6 April 2016, she was admitted to a hospital in Cojutepeque, in the north of El Salvador, after having fainted at home. She had gone into labour without realising she was pregnant. The hospital staff reported her to the authorities and she was charged with ‘aggravated homicide’ shortly after.
This young girl is just one of thousands denied their rights by El Salvador’s blanket ban on abortion. This law is totally indiscriminate. No matter what age, or what circumstances: whether the result of rape, incest, or where there’s potential harm to the mother. Even when a woman miscarries she can be charged with aggravated homicide, facing up to 40 years in jail.