Woman Imprisoned for Two Years Over Stillbirth

Evelyn Hernández, a rape survivor, gave birth to a stillborn. She was accused of inducing an abortion and spent 33 months in a prison in El Salvador.

The retrial was a first for such a case in the Central American nation

Evelyn Hernández was accused of murder in El Salvador after giving birth to a stillborn baby. After spending 2 years in jail, she has been freed. Evelyn’s state of mind or her intentions to end the life of the newborn child. Hernández’s case is one of the most well-known in El Salvador, where abortion is completely illegal. The prosecution since April 2016 has been accusing her of aggravated homicide. The truth is that deliveries in toilets are actually quite common, especially in rural areas, among poorer women with a fairly low level of education. And yes, the prosecution will always categorize it as aggravated homicide. In 2017, at 19 years old, Hernández was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

“I genuinely didn’t know that I was pregnant. If I had, I would have been waiting for it with pride and joy…This… I was raped. The penalty for abortion in El Salvador can go up to 50 years. In this country, where abortion is entirely criminalized, it’s very difficult to accept these cases. Almost everybody is against it. People want women to be condemned without first understanding the case. And I believe that if women’s organizations didn’t play such an outspoken role, as well as media coverage, in particular international media, we wouldn’t be able to achieve freedom for these women. I believe we are already beginning to break barriers with this taboo subject, as something no one wanted to talk about or take a position on before.” “Here, no-one gives up, no-one gives in! “Go feminism, we will succeed!!” I can’t thank you enough because you have always been here. Thank you! “Yes, we did it! Yes, we did it!”

Hernandez's case was seen as a test for women's reproductive rights under new President Nayib Bukele, who has said he believes abortion is acceptable only when the mother's life is at risk but that he opposes criminalizing women who have miscarriages.


08/23/2019 9:02 PMupdated: 08/23/2019 9:33 PM


  • Richard C.
    03/09/2020 20:40

    this is the lunacy of the forced birth movement. HORRIFIC.

  • Lizeth A.
    03/09/2020 11:10


  • Lesa C.
    03/07/2020 05:45

    I personally wouldnt have as abortion myself but if someone else chooses to thats their business. In this case though SHE DID NOT HAVE AN ABORTION SHE MISCARRIED. People please read and please stop judging. People believe in different things, nobody is perfect. If any of you were in her shoes you would want understanding not judgement. Put yourself in her shoes. Not only was she raped but she lost a child and went to prison for something she didnt do. Shes been through enough. I hope and pray she is able to find peace and love in her life after all the struggles she has been through

  • Eli B.
    03/06/2020 13:50

    Not our country, non of our business.

  • Nichole W.
    03/06/2020 03:25

    this made my heart hurt , don’t stop what you are doing, you are going to accomplish great things

  • Angela I.
    03/06/2020 00:48

    What happened to the rapist? What a terrible rule🤪

  • Dan W.
    03/04/2020 12:36

    not our problem

  • Sharon E.
    03/03/2020 19:04

    What a witch hut, women are still under attack. Un- freakin believable :-(

  • Sandy O.
    03/03/2020 17:29

    I am glad they have finally freed.

  • Beverly R.
    03/01/2020 14:02

    Pretty fukn sad when a female has her right to her own body taken over ny goverment...wat is wrong with u ppl...Stop tellin us wat to do with our own body...

  • Nia A.
    02/28/2020 00:15

    maybe this

  • Willy C.
    02/26/2020 17:50

    She should have had the right to choose what to do with that baby especially if she was raped

  • Kenia H.
    02/22/2020 04:59

    Is sad to see a young woman get 2 years for a thing like this and we have gang members killing entire families for not paying money to them for having a business

  • Francisco G.
    02/21/2020 11:35

    Jeany Hernandez

  • Amber A.
    02/21/2020 04:14

    there trying to make obortion laws change over there by saying woman have rights that’s not giving them rights or empowerment abortion is murder !! Because we all know that’s what’s trying to be advertised here

  • May L.
    02/20/2020 14:45

    Comienza diciendo...Gracias a Dios se hizo justicia????

  • Guillin M.
    02/18/2020 07:15

    Osea que dio as luz en una Letrina,y las Feminazis la justifican?

  • Katerina S.
    02/16/2020 10:52

    I get that the baby was a stillborn but my question is,why didn't she take the baby with her to the hospital after she gave birth to the boy or girl in the toilet. TMI but even when on your period you can feel when you pass a blood clot while peeing, obviously when you take a crap you feel that to. Why didn't she take that baby out of the toilet and to the hospital with her.

  • Brandan C.
    02/15/2020 14:02

    what are you trying to get at?

  • Juan C.
    02/14/2020 01:12


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