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El Salvador: Judges Refuse to Free Woman Imprisoned After Giving Birth to Stillborn Baby

HeadlineDec 11, 2017

In El Salvador, judges have delayed a ruling on whether to free a woman who was sentenced to 30 years in prison after she gave birth to a stillborn baby. In 2008, Teodora del Carmen Vásquez was convicted of intentionally inducing an abortion, after she went into labor while at work, tried unsuccessfully to summon an ambulance and passed out on the floor of a bathroom after miscarrying. This is Teodora del Carmen Vásquez, speaking from a court hearing in San Salvador on Friday.

Teodora del Carmen Vásquez: “They should give me my freedom. They should give me my freedom because I am innocent, because I have a family who is fighting for me, because I have people who love me, and I need to be with them.”

Vásquez has drawn support from human rights groups including Amnesty International, which warns that her appeal for an early release is being considered by the same judges who sentenced her to a 30-year prison term over a decade ago.

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