Four stolen years

It’s hard to call it good news when a wrong that never should have been committed is terminated after four years, but…all the same: Maria Teresa Rivera is out of prison.

A woman has been released from jail in El Salvador after spending four years behind bars accused of having an abortion, according to Amnesty International.

Maria Teresa Rivera, 33, was jailed in 2011 and sentenced to 40 years in prison for aggravated homicide after having a miscarriage.

But today, Amnesty International said a judge ruled there was not enough evidence to prove the charges against her, ending what had been the longest ever sentence imposed on a woman in the Central American nation for an abortion crime.

Ms Rivera had been accused of aborting her pregnancy by hospital staff after suffering complications that left her unconscious and bleeding heavily in her home.

It’s nothing but uninhibited unabashed hatred of women.

El Salvador has some of the most sadistic punitive misogynist abortion laws in the world.

The practice has been illegal under all circumstances since 1998, even when the pregnancy is the result of rape, incest or when the life of the woman is at risk.

That’s sheer hatred of women.

In a statement released after the decision, America’s director at Amnesty International, Erika Guevara-Rosas, said it was a victory for human rights.

“She should have never been forced to spend one second behind bars,” she said.

“Her release must be a catalyst for change in El Salvador, where dozens of women are put in prison because of an utterly ridiculous anti-abortion law which does nothing but put the lives of thousands of women and girls in danger.”

I think “revolting” is a more apt descriptor than “ridiculous”…

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