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El Salvador’s judiciary sentences a young woman accused of having an abortion to 50 years in prison

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The Salvadoran judiciary has sentenced a young woman who suffered an abortion at the age of 19 to 50 years in prison, an unprecedented milestone in the Central American country since for the first time in more than two decades the maximum penalty It punishes abortion under all circumstances.

The events date back to June 2020 when Lesli went to the latrine unaware that labor had started. “I felt like something was coming out of me,” the young woman says, according to the Citizen Group for the Decriminalization of Abortion, which has assured Lesli wasn’t aware of what was happening.

After asking for help, relatives and neighbors called the police and the young woman was first taken to the hospital and then to prison. In fact, he was unable to attend the first hearing, where provisional detention was imposed, because he still had medical problems stemming from the “obstetric emergency,” the group explained.

The trial ended in the first instance on June 29 with a prison sentence of 50 years. The organization has announced that it will appeal and has questioned the process itself, pointing out, for example, that the judge cited among his arguments that “mothers are the source of protection for children in all circumstances, and you are weren’t”.

He also regretted that some of the evidence presented by the defense had not been considered and alluded, for example, to the family circumstances of the young woman, who is the third of seven siblings in a family living in extreme poverty and without access to educational resources.

“We tried to close the page on the sad history of El Salvador, which unfairly condemns impoverished women for obstetric emergencies, but the Salvadoran state is once again cruel to women who have not had the right or conditions to defend themselves . “He lamented. the president of the civic group for the decriminalization of abortion, Morena Herrera.

El Salvador is one of the most restrictive countries in the world on abortion, such that on numerous occasions abortion, whether voluntary or not, has led to accusations of murder. Nayib Bukele’s government is not planning any changes to the law in the short term.

Source europapress.es

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