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Thu May 15, 2014, 06:24 AM

El Salvador mulls freeing 17 women jailed for abortion crimes [View all]

Source: Reuters

El Salvador mulls freeing 17 women jailed for abortion crimes
Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 15 May 2014 07:07 AM

BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Guadalupe was hunched over with abdominal pain and heavy bleeding one afternoon in October 2007.

The 18-year-old domestic worker went to a public hospital in El Salvador’s capital San Salvador where she went into premature labour. Her baby died.

A year later, another young woman, 22-year-old Salvadora, got pregnant as a result of rape. She gave birth at home. Her baby was stillborn.

In both cases, hospital staff went to police and accused the two women of inducing abortions. Police interrogated the women while they still lay recovering in their hospital beds.

Read more: http://www.trust.org/item/20140515070722-xav1r/

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