Sara Rogel was arrested in October 2012 after going to a hospital with bleeding accidents attributable to what she mentioned was a fall whereas finishing up chores at house. Then a 22-year-old scholar, Rogel was prosecuted and sentenced for killing her unborn daughter.
“Sara by no means deserved to be in jail,” feminist activist Morena Herrera mentioned. “Whereas in mourning for the heartbreaking lack of her being pregnant, Sara ought to have been along with her household. As a substitute she was unjustly imprisoned for 9 years.”
Her launch from a jail in Zacatecoluca, 35 miles (56 km) southeast of capital San Salvador, was initially ordered per week in the past, however Rogel was compelled to stay in detention till a deadline handed for the Lawyer Common’s workplace to attraction her launch.
El Salvador has one of many world’s strictest bans on abortion. It doesn’t allow exceptions, even for rape or if the mom’s life is in danger, and jail sentences can stretch as much as 40 years.
Nonetheless, ladies are sometimes prosecuted for stillbirths and abortions induced due to medical emergencies.
There are greater than 17 ladies “nonetheless unjustly detained in El Salvador after struggling obstetric emergencies,” the manager director of the Girls’s Equality Heart, Paula Avila-Guillen, mentioned in a press release. “Every of those instances reveals the insidious penalties of absolutely the criminalization of abortion, leading to a state that persecutes and jails ladies in the mean time after they most want entry to well being and safety.”