El Salvador jails woman accused of abortion for 30 years
14 May 2022 | 5:48 pm
A court in El Salvador has sentenced a woman to 30 years in prison because she suffered an obstetric emergency that ended her pregnancy. Abortions are banned in the Central American country.
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