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A 19-year-old rape victim in El Salvador sentenced 30yrs in prison for delivering a stillborn

In El Salvador, 19-year-old Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz, a high school student and survivor of multiple rapes has been sentenced to 3o years in prison for delivering a stillborn baby. She was arrested at a hospital in April  on suspicion of having an abortion which is illegal in El Salvador. Abortion has been totally illegal in El Salvador for the last 20 years.  After giving birth  at her home, then fainting from massive blood loss.

El Salvador is one out of the six countries with a total ban on abortion. However, after investigation it was found that she did not procure an abortion but she was not released instead the charges were amended to aggravated homicide.

The authorities claimed she deliberately refused to seek medical help which amounted to murder. Even though she claimed she was unaware of the pregnancy until after she had given  birth and woke up in hospital

Evelyn who became pregnant as a result of repeated rape from a gang member but refused to report to the authorities because she was afraid of the consequences became pregnant as a result.


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