A Salvadoran judge on Monday acquitted a woman who was accused of killing her stillborn baby, a victory for women’s rights advocates who have been fighting against the harsh application of one of the world’s strictest abortion bans
The decision was hailed as a victory by women’s rights groups, who say a strict abortion ban has led to overzealous prosecution of low-income women who lose their babies.
In ruling that the woman, Evelyn Hernández Cruz, 21, was not guilty, the court seemed to accept the defense’s arguments that she had suffered an obstetric emergency that made it impossible for her to save the baby.
The hospital authorities called the police and Ms. Hernández was charged with aggravated homicide. A judge sentenced her to 30 years in jail, but the verdict was overturned last year on procedural grounds and an appeals court ordered a second trial.
Women’s groups have identified 25 women who were sentenced to as much as 40 years for homicide or attempted homicide after suffering obstetric emergencies, and since 2014 have campaigned to free them. As many as two dozen more were charged and jailed while they awaited trial before the charges were dropped or they were acquitted.
In a statement, Morena Herrera, of the Citizen Group for the Decriminalization of Abortion, said that Ms. Hernández’s acquittal “is a sign of hope for all women who remain in jail for crimes they did not commit for health problems that should never have been brought to court.”
“The problem is that once the word abortion is out there, it completely stigmatizes the process,” Ms. Avila Guillén said. “There is no presumption of innocence against a woman once the word abortion is thrown out.”
last year to permit abortion in cases of rape and to protect the health of the mother failed in El Salvador’s congress, and the chances of easing the 1998 anti-abortion law became more remote as conservatives became dominant in the legislature.
, has said that poor women should not be targeted unfairly in these cases, but he has remained silent in the case of Ms. Hernández, the first woman to be prosecuted under his presidency.
In December, a court declared another woman, Imelda Cortez, not guilty of attempted homicide after she gave birth at home. She had been raped for years by her stepfather and said she had not known she was pregnant when she lost consciousness during the birth. The baby girl was healthy but Ms. Cortez was accused of abandoning her, and spent 17 months in pretrial detention.
In July, the Citizen Group, the Women’s Equality Center and two other human rights groups presented four cases, including those of Ms. Hernández and Ms. Cortez, to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
“Sometimes it feels as though we are on a hamster wheel,” she said.Read more: The New York Times
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