Sarah Rogel was arrested in October 2012 after going to the hospital, which she said was bleeding due to injuries sustained during housework. Then a 22-year-old student, Rogel, was tried and sentenced for the murder of his unborn daughter.
Feminist activist Morena Herrera said, “Sarah never deserved to be in prison.” “In mourning the tragic loss of her pregnancy, Sarah should have been with her family. Instead she was unjustly imprisoned for nine years.”
His release from a prison in Zacatecoluca, 35 miles (56 km) southeast of the capital San Salvador, was initially ordered a week earlier, but Rogel was forced to remain in custody until the attorney general. The time limit for appealing his release to the U.S. office has not expired.
El Salvador has one of the strictest restrictions on abortion in the world. It does not allow exceptions, even for rape or if the mother’s life is at risk, and can carry a prison sentence of up to 40 years.
Nevertheless, women are often prosecuted for abortions and abortions due to medical emergencies.
“More than 17 women are still unjustly detained in El Salvador,” Paula Avila-Guillain, executive director of the Center for Women’s Equality, said in a statement. “Each of these cases reflects the fatal consequences of outright criminalization of abortion, resulting in a state that persecutes and jails women at a time when they most need health and safety.”