El Salvador: woman sentenced to 30 years in prison for homicide after miscarriage | El Salvador | The Guardian

“We have seen repeatedly throughout Latin America that when abortion is criminalized, women are made to prove that any one of the wide range of obstetric emergencies they experience were in fact emergencies. When they can’t or don’t have the resources to do so or are simply not believed, they face imprisonment,” she said.

“Everyone in the US should have their eyes on El Salvador right now to understand exactly what a future without Roe entails.”

Morena Herrera, the president of The Citizens’ Group for the Decriminalization of Abortion described the sentence as “a heavy blow”, and called for miscarriages to be treated as a public health issue rather than a criminal one.

“We will continue to fight so that all women unjustly criminalized by these circumstances regain their freedom and have the opportunity to remake and rebuild their lives,” she said.

El Salvador has some of the world’s most draconian abortion laws, with a total ban on the procedure. Unlike in many other Latin American countries, El Salvador does not permit abortion in cases where the child is conceived by rape or incest, or where the health of the mother or child is at risk.

Over the past two decades, more than 180 women have been jailed for murder for having an abortion after suffering obstetric emergencies, according to rights groups.

Source: El Salvador: woman sentenced to 30 years in prison for homicide after miscarriage | El Salvador | The Guardian