In prison for abor­tion, Sal­vado­ran freed

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.


Youths prac­tice bull­fight­ing Tues­day us­ing horns and a red cape in Buen Re­tiro Park in Madrid, Spain. The “Park of the Pleas­ant Re­treat” is one of the largest in the city.

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