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After Being Raped And Impregnated, El Salvadorian 19-Year-Old Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison For Having An Abortion (STA BREAKING NEWS and ARCHIVES)

by Theresa @, Saturday, July 15, 2017, 12:53

A court in El Salvador has recently sentenced a 19-year-old rape survivor to 30 years in prison after suffering a still birth due to pregnancy complications. The rape survivor, Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz, was charged with aggravated homicide under the country’s anti-abortion law. As per local reports, Hernandez Cruz was convicted on grounds of failing to get prenatal care.

However, local rights groups noted that Hernandez Cruz was raped months before going into labor. The groups also said that she did not notify the police of the incidence due to fear. Hernandez Cruz allegedly did not know that she was pregnant when she experienced severe abdominal pain and fainted in her bathroom in April last year. Hospital staff purportedly reported her to the authorities upon discovering the body of the fetus in a toilet.

“The judgment sentencing Evelyn to 30 years in prison shows how in El Salvador justice is applied without direct proof, without sufficient evidence that clarifies what a woman has done. In this case, Evelyn did not kill her newborn child. She simply experienced an obstetric emergency and the state prosecutor has badly interpreted the facts and unfortunately the judge hasn’t listened to the witnesses that told her there was no direct proof. We’re going to appeal this decision. Luckily, we still have recourse within the judicial system that — as we’ve demonstrated in other moments — can be effective so that women unjustly sentenced like Evelyn can regain their freedom,” said Morena Herrera, executive director of the Citizen’s Group for the Decriminalisation of Abortion.

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