An anti-abortion law had caught up with an El Salvador woman, Teodora Vásquez who has been sentenced to 30 years imprisonment due to the miscarriage she suffered.
However, Teodora’s case wouldn’t be seen as a coincidental case of child loss but will rather be persecuted with for an offence bordering on “homicide” which in all cases is punishable under El Salvador’s anti-abortion law.
The accused has since 2007 been on the case as she had filed an appeal against the crime leveled against her.
In totality, she had spent 10 years in prison on a claim that she had committed homicide.
Recently Vásquez has appealed again but it was rejected and her conviction upheld by the tribunal which presided over her case.
Describing the judgement, her lawyer Victor Vigo said it was being “speculative”. He further added that the tribunal had only repeated its action in 2007 when Teodora’s case was first heard.
“A tribunal must not speculate; it must look at the facts. They have no proof that she did the criminal act,” Vigo insisted.
Reacting to the ruling, Amnesty International said.
El Salvador is “a nation known as the worst place in the world for women’s reproductive rights.”
The UK Independent described El Salvador as a nation that operates an “anti-abortion laws that make no exception for rape, incest or the health of the mother.”