Posted: November 2015
Our second case file from Amnesty International's Write for Rights is about the woman in El Salvador being imprisoned for suffering a still-birth. Teodora del Carmen Vásquez was sentenced to 30 years in
prison for 'aggravated homicide' in 2008 after suffering a stillbirth. Expectant Teodora, already mother of an 11-year-old boy, started experiencing severe pain while at work. She went into labour and was unconscious when she gave birth to a stillborn baby. When she came round, bleeding profusely, police handcuffed her and arrested her on suspicion of murder. Only then did they take her to hospital. In El Salvador, women who suffer still-births are often suspected of having had an abortion, which is considered a crime, under any circumstance. Teodora's trial was deeply flawed; she was presumed guilty and could not afford an effective legal team.
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