In El Salvador court has freed a woman who was sentenced to 30 years in prison after she gave birth to a stillborn baby in a toilet. Evelyn Beatríz Hernández Cruz, 20 had served nearly 3 years of her sentence for aggravated homicide.
After an appeal a court ordered she be re-tried, but she will be able to live at home during the process. She and her lawyers have always maintained she was unaware she was pregnant and no crime had occurred.
But prosecutors said she was guilty of murder because she had had not sought out antenatal care. Activists greeted her at the jail gates, chanting “Evelyn, you are not alone”.
The Central American country bans abortion in all circumstances, and dozens of women have been imprisoned for the deaths of their foetuses in cases where they said they had suffered miscarriages or stillbirths.
Ms Hernández gave birth in the latrine of her home in a small rural community, In April 2016, . She lost consciousness after losing large amounts of blood.
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