In El Salvador, women who miscarry can end up charged with abortion

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May 19, 2015

Father Jose Antonio Ventura of María Auxiliadora parish in Ilopango, east of San Salvador, poses for a photo May 11. He said he believes abortion is reprehensible, but it is also unfair to lock up a woman for crimes she has not committed. (CNS photo/Edgardo Ayala) See SALVADOR-ABORTION May 19, 2015.

Father Jose Antonio Ventura of María Auxiliadora parish in Ilopango, east of San Salvador, poses for a photo May 11. He said he believes abortion is reprehensible, but it is also unfair to lock up a woman for crimes she has not committed. (CNS photo/Edgardo Ayala)

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNS) — Guadalupe Vasquez is one of many women who have experienced the consequences of strong anti-abortion laws in El Salvador.

In this Central American country of 6.3 million inhabitants, a poor woman who has a miscarriage and goes to a hospital seeking medical help often ends up in jail.

Vasquez, a 25-year-old from Paraiso de Osorio, about 30 miles east of San Salvador, was sentenced to 30 years in prison in January 2008 after being accused of aggravated homicide, after she miscarried the previous October.

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