In prison for abortion, Salvadoran freed
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — El Salvador’s Supreme Court has commuted the sentence of a second woman serving a prison sentence for what she said was a miscarriage.
Mayra Veronica Figueroa Marroquin left prison Tuesday after the court commuted her 30-year sentence to the 15 years she had already served.
Figueroa Marroquin, 34, said she suffered a miscarriage in 2003 while working as a housekeeper. But a court convicted her under El Salvador’s total abortion ban.
In February, the court commuted the 30-year sentence of Teodora del Carmen Vasquez for what she says was a stillbirth.
El Salvador is one of four Latin American countries with total bans on abortion.
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