Portrait of Teodora Vasquez at her prison in El Salvador. She had been sentenced for 30 years after having an stillbirth out of suspicions of having had an abortion.
In 2008, Teodora del Carmen Vásquez was sentenced to 30 years in prison for “aggravated homicide” after suffering a still-birth at work.
Teodora, mother of an 11-year-old boy, was expecting a new baby when she started experiencing increasingly severe pain. She called the emergency services but her waters broke soon afterwards. She went into labour, and was unconscious when she gave birth.
When she came round, bleeding profusely, her baby was dead. Police at the scene handcuffed her and arrested her on suspicion of murder. Only then did they take her to hospital where she could get the urgent treatment she needed.
In El Salvador, women who miscarry or suffer a still-birth during pregnancy are routinely suspected of having had an “abortion”. Abortion under any circumstance is a crime, even in cases of rape, incest, or where a woman’s life is at risk. This makes women afraid to seek help with pregnancy-related problems, leading inevitably to more preventable deaths.
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|Tags:||Teodora del Carmen Vásquez, Teodora del Carmen Vasquez, Write for Rights, Letter Writing Marathon, LWM, W4R, W4R2015, abortion in El Salvador Report Nov 2015|
|Copyright Credit:||Amnesty International, 2015|
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|Date Photo or Video Created:||02/10/2015 00:00|
|Place Created:||EL SALVADOR|
|Size:||11.56 MB; 3840 x 5760 pixels; 325 x 488 mm (print at 300 DPI); 1016 x 1524 mm (screen at 96 DPI);|