El Salvador Woman Gets 30 Years for Miscarriage Called ‘Aggravated Homicide’

Over the past two decades, more than 180 women in El Salvador have been jailed for murder for having an abortion after suffering obstetric emergencies, according to rights groups. Women's advocates warn it could happen in the U.S. if Roe V. Wade is overturned.

El Salvador Woman Gets 30 Years for Miscarriage Called ‘Aggravated Homicide’

A court in El Salvador has sentenced a woman who suffered a miscarriage to 30 years in prison for aggravated homicide, reports The Guardian. The woman was sentenced after nearly two years under pre-trial detention following her arrest when she sought medical care in a public hospital. Paula Avila-Guillen, international human rights lawyer and executive director of the Women’s Equality Center, warned that as the United States faces the possible overturning of Roe v Wade similar cases will become more common across the world.

Over the past two decades, more than 180 women in El Salvador have been jailed for murder for having an abortion after suffering obstetric emergencies, according to rights groups. Since December, eight women serving long prison sentences have had those sentences commuted. El Salvador does not permit abortion in cases where the child is conceived by rape or incest, or where the health of the mother or child is at risk.