El Salvador reviews 😱 controversial baby-murder 👶 case

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Judges in El Salvador are due to decide whether to free a woman jailed for murder after her baby was found dead.

Teodora Vásquez has always maintained her innocence, saying that she called an ambulance when she had abdominal pains late in her pregnancy and then passed out.

The punishment for abortion is up to eight years in jail but in many cases in which the foetus or newborn has died, the charge is changed to one of aggravated homicide, which carries a minimum sentence of 30 years.

The result is what human rights groups are calling a criminalisation of miscarriages and medical emergencies, with more than 100 convicted of abortion-related crimes in El Salvador since 2000.

Her relatives say Ms Vásquez, who was 24 when she became pregnant with her second child, had been looking forward to having the baby and had no intentions of having an abortion.

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