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Rape survivor is sentenced to 30 years in jail under El Salvador’s extreme anti-abortion law

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3327 (Published 07 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3327
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

A 19 year old who became pregnant after being raped has been sentenced to 30 years in prison on charges of “aggravated homicide” after experiencing obstetric complications delivering the baby.

A court in El Salvador, which has some of the world’s strictest abortion laws, sentenced Evelyn Beatriz Hernández Cruz on 5 July after prosecutors argued that in April the teenager had aborted the fetus and thrown its remains into a …

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