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El Salvador: Woman faces retrial in stillbirth case



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Evelyn Hernandez is facing a retrial for murder, but said her son stillborn
                

Evelyn Beatríz Hernández Cruz, 21

, had served nearly three years of a 30.

A woman in El Salvador has pleaded not guilty on charges of aggravated homicide after she gave birth to a baby in a toilet.

-year sentence when she was released in February.

Following an appeal, a court ordered her to be retried, but she could have been living at home.

is innocent.

However, prosecutors claim she is guilty because she did not seek maternity care.

"Thank God I'm fine, I'm innocent … I trust God and my lawyers a lot," Ms. Hernández told the Efe news agency outside court.

San Salvador is calling for a change in the legislation.

This is the first retrial of an abortion case in El Salvador.

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The country outlaws abortion in all circumstances, and dozens of women have been imprisoned for the deaths of their cases in cases where they said they had suffered miscarriages or stillbirths.

Nayib Bukele, who took office in June, could usher in a more lenient stance on the issue.

The case so far

In April 2016, Ms Hernández gave birth at home in a rural area of ​​the Central American country.

Her mother told the BBC that she arrived at a hospital while her daughter was receiving treatment.

Ms Hernández insisted she had been sought medical treatment.

In her first trial, she had been raped.

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m serving a 30 year sentence "

Ms Hernández said she had confused the symptoms of pregnancy with stomach ache because she had intermittent intermittent.

Medical experts could not ascertain whether or not the fetus had died in her womb bleeding, which she thought was her menstrual period.

However, the judge decided Ms Hernández knew she was pregnant.

After almost three years, in February she was granted a re-trial with a new judge.

Rights organizations in El Salvador says there are at least twenty other women in jail under the country's strict abortion laws. In the last decade, campaigners have managed to free 30 through evidence reviews and retrials.


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