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El Salvador Frees Three Women Convicted Of Abortions

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FILE - Women demand the government free women prisoners who are serving 30-year prison sentences for having an abortion, outside court in San Salvador, El Salvador on Dec. 13, 2017. Abortion rights groups say President Nayib Bukele’s government has freed three Salvadoran women who were sentenced to 30 years in prison under the nation’s strict anti-abortion laws after suffering obstetric emergencies. Morena Herrera of the Citizen’s Group for the Depenalization of Abortion said late Friday, Dec. 24, 2021, that the group was told one woman would be set free. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez, File)

(AP) — Abortion rights groups say President Nayib Bukele’s government has freed three Salvadoran women who were sentenced to 30 years in prison under the nation’s strict anti-abortion laws after suffering obstetric emergencies.

Morena Herrera of the Citizen’s Group for the Depenalization of Abortion said late Friday that the group was told one woman would be set free. But when they went to the prison to greet her, three were released.

The three are among at least 17 Salvadoran women activists consider unjustly convicted and imprisoned following obstetric emergencies. They have been at the center of a campaign against El Salvador’s absolute law against abortions.

 

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