Revealed: the woman who was jailed for having a miscarriage

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Revealed: the woman who was jailed for having a miscarriage

Post by Didge on Thu Apr 12, 2018 7:18 am

Nine months pregnant, Teodora Vásquez woke up on the day she would lose her second child concerned that the baby wasn’t moving. By early evening she was crumpled under searing pain as she finished her shift at the cafeteria of a private school in San Salvador.

Ms Vásquez called for an ambulance but waited for three hours and by that time she had given birth to a dead baby girl in the toilet. When she staggered out to look for help she was met by a police officer who accused her of murder.

Six months later Ms Vásquez was sentenced to 30 years for aggravated homicide. After 10 years and seven months in jail she walked free in February, her sentence commuted, and finally hugged the teenage boy she had barely seen since he was a toddler.

Human beings are born with different capacities. If they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.

-- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

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