Salvadoran woman freed from prison nearly 10 years after abortion accusation

A Salvadoran woman has been released from prison after serving nearly a third of her 30-year sentence on charges of terminating her pregnancy and violating El Salvador’s harsh abortion ban.

Sara Rogel was arrested in October 2012 after going to a hospital with bleeding injuries caused by what she said was a fall while carrying out chores at home. Then a 22-year-old student, Rogel was prosecuted and sentenced for killing her unborn daughter.

“Sara never deserved to be in prison,” Morena Herrera, a feminist activist, 前記. “While in mourning for the heartbreaking loss of her pregnancy, Sara should have been with her family. Instead she was unjustly imprisoned for nine years.”

Her release from a jail in Zacatecoluca, 35 マイル (56km) south-east of San Salvador, was initially ordered a week ago, but Rogel was forced to remain in detention until a deadline passed for the attorney general’s office to appeal her release.

El Salvador has one of the world’s strictest bans on abortion. It does not permit exceptions, even for rape or if the mother’s life is at risk, and prison sentences can stretch up to 40 年.

In recent years some rulings have been reversed, と several women released from jail after serving parts of their long sentences.

それでも, women are often prosecuted for stillbirths and abortions induced because of medical emergencies.