El Salvador releases woman on suspicion of abortion

Sarah Rogel talks to relatives after being released from Zacatecoluca prison in Zacatecoluca, El Salvador

Sarah Rogel (white coat) was released after the Attorney General’s office did not appeal for release.

A woman in El Salvador, sentenced to 30 years in prison, was released after being accused of having an abortion and violating the country’s strict abortion law.

Sara Rogel was arrested nine years ago when she was bleeding at the age of 20 and was taken to the hospital for being accused of falling at home.

She was charged with weighted murder and convicted.

In January, her sentence was commuted to 10 years. She was released on parole.

El Salvador, a socially conservative and predominantly Catholic country, is one of the most strict bans on abortion in the world, with the exception of rape and the life of the mother at risk. There is none.

Dozens of women have been imprisoned for killing their foets due to miscarriage or stillbirth.

Ms. Rogel, dressed in white, left a women’s prison near Zacatecoluca on Monday, 56 kilometers (35 miles) southeast of the capital, San Salvador. Her family and lawyer Karla Vaquerano have joined her.

“We thought she had been deprived of her freedom for almost nine years and was given unfairly,” said Vakerano, according to Agence France-Presse.

According to his family, an eight-month-pregnant student, Rogel, was found unconscious after slipping and falling while washing.

She was taken to the hospital and detained on suspicion of miscarriage. Human rights groups say she should not have been imprisoned because she had a miscarriage.

Feminist activist Morena Elera said, “In mourning the tragic death of pregnancy, Sarah should have been with her family,” according to Reuters.

Abortion in Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Abortion remains a problem of serious disagreement in the region, facing strong opposition from the powerful Catholic Church and the expanding evangelical community.

  • that is Banned in all situations In countries such as the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras and Nicaragua

  • that is Allowed in some cases In most countries including Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Panama and Venezuela. Exemptions vary and may include saving a woman’s life in the case of rape and / or in the case of fetal abnormalities.

  • that is legal Argentina, Cuba, Guyana, Uruguay, parts of Mexico

Source: Reproductive Rights Center

Rogel’s release was ordered last week, but she had to remain in custody until the Attorney General’s office had passed the deadline to appeal the decision.

Sixteen women are currently in prison in the country in a similar case, according to Agrupasion Ciudadana, a campaign group that supports the choice. However, in recent years, some rulings have been overturned in a review of the law.

In 2020, Cindy Elazo was released after six years in prison. She was charged with abortion and sentenced to 30 years in prison for weighted murder after a stillbirth in an obstetric emergency in the 8th month of pregnancy.

And in 2019, Evelyn Beatrice Hernandez Cruz, also sentenced to 30 years in prison A baby was found dead in the toilet where he gave birth, and after fainting, he was released after nearly three years in prison.

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