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Dozens of women are behind bars, some sentenced to up to 40 years in prison, for suffering miscarriages, stillbirths, and other pregnancy-related complications. Their legal and human rights were flagrantly disregarded by the Salvadoran government.
The Center for Reproductive Rights has worked to expose the consequences of El Salvador’s abortion ban.
Not only does this decision threaten to tear families apart and drive many into the shadows as now undocumented immigrants, but it reflects the Trump administration’s continual disregard for the sexual and reproductive health of women and girls by deporting them to a nation grappling with the highest rates of femicide in the world and unsurmountable barriers to exercising their reproductive rights.
She passed out and awoke in the hospital where staff didn’t allowed her to see her baby and police interrogated her.
Even though her baby survived and there was no proof she attempted an abortion, Ena was sentenced to 15 years in prison for “attempted aggravated murder” on April 15, 2010.
We have successfully fought to free three of these nine women—and we won’t stop fighting until they have all been freed and women across El Salvador need not fear imprisonment if something goes wrong with their pregnancies.
Maira spent 15 years behind bars after suffering a miscarriage. Before reaching full term, she experienced complications with her pregnancy.
Maria was sentenced to 25 years in prison for aggravated homicide on June 15, 2000 and will be in prison until 2025.