|Title:||Cecilia Vásquez at El Salvador women prison|
Cecilia Vásquez stands outside the only women's prison in El Salvador, her sister Teodora Vásquez is one of Las 17 group of women sentenced for aggravated homicide out of suspicion 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.
|This asset shows:||General view, Landscape, Skyline, Establishing shot , Portrait, Group portrait, Passport photo|
|Tags:||MBMR, 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 Type:||Amnesty International|
|Copyright Credit:||Amnesty International|
|Agreement Notes:||Full consent given.|
|Date Photo or Video Created:||06/11/2015 00:00|
|Place Created:||EL SALVADOR|
|Size:||6.39 MB; 5718 x 3180 pixels; 484 x 269 mm (print at 300 DPI); 1513 x 841 mm (screen at 96 DPI);|