Sara Rogel was arrested in October 2012 after going to the hospital with a bleeding injury caused by what she said fell while doing housework. Then Rogel, a 22-year-old student, was prosecuted and sentenced to murder her unborn daughter.
“Zara does not deserve to be jailed,” said women’s rights activist Morena Herrera. “While mourning the loss of her heartbreaking pregnancy, Sara was supposed to be with her family. But she was unjustly imprisoned for nine years.”
She was released from a prison in Zacate Coluca, 35 miles (56 km) southeast of the capital San Salvador, initially ordered last week. But Rogel was forced to stay in detention until the deadline for the Attorney General̵7;s office to appeal his release.
El Salvador has one of the strictest abortion bans in the world. Exceptions are not allowed. Even rape or if the mother’s life is at risk. and the prison sentence could be extended to 40 years.
However, women are often prosecuted for miscarriage and abortion due to medical emergencies.
More than 17 women “remain unjustly detained in El Salvador following an obstetric emergency,” said Paula Avila-Gillen. Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Equality said in a statement “Each of these cases illustrates the decisive consequences of abortion. This has resulted in states that persecute and imprison women during the times when they most need access to health and protection.”