Teodora was locked up because her baby was stillborn. Sign the petition to free her
Teodora suffered a stillbirth in 2007, after the rapid onset of serious pain while she was at work. Police arrested her as she lay in a pool of blood. She is now serving 30 years in prison for ‘aggravated homicide’. Help Teodora get justice.
Teodora was presumed guilty of ‘abortion’ rather than the victim of pregnancy complications. She has spent more than eight years in jail, and has not seen her 11-year old son for over a year, due to extremely limited financial resources.
In El Salvador, women who miscarry or suffer a stillbirth during pregnancy are routinely suspected of having had an ‘abortion’. Under El Salvadorian law abortion in any circumstance is a crime, even in cases of rape, incest, or where a woman’s life is at risk. This makes women afraid to seek help with pregnancy-related problems, leading inevitably to more preventable deaths.
Teodora’s trial was deeply flawed. As in all similar cases in El Salvador, she was presumed guilty and, being from a poor family, could not afford an effective legal team to represent her. Her only option now is to appeal for her sentence to be changed so that she is released immediately.
Call on El Salvador’s Minister of Justice to release Teodora immediately.
- Minister of Justice, (El Salvador)
Dear Minister of Justice, (El Salvador)
I am very concerned for Teodora del Carmen Vásquez, who is currently serving a 30 year prison sentence for aggravated homicide, after suffering a still-birth at work. She was presumed guilty of having an “abortion” rather than the potential victim of pregnancy complications.
Minister, I call on you to:
● Take action to ensure Teodora del Carmen Vásquez is immediately released.
● Take action to release all other women incarcerated for pregnancy-related complications who have exhausted other legal remedies.
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