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
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  • Msnda L.
    3 days

    One brave women God knows your struggles now come his blessings

  • Martinez C.
    4 days

    But they cant fix the gang problems oh ok

  • Tiffiny M.
    5 days

    Come on all of u feminists!!! A woman is VIOLATED in the worst way, is impregnated and then persecuted for a crime of gods will??? Let’s say she did force labor why is this a crime?? She did not consent to conceive why should she be held responsible for another’s actions!! Prosecute the violator for this child’s death!! It’s bc of him the child existed!!

  • Tiffiny M.
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  • Jose S.
    7 days

    Chinguen. Asu madre. Los juezes. Ojuezas. Que metieron. Aesta muchacha ala carcel. Y policias. Ahora pon una demanda al govierno. Para que te paguen lo que estu viste. En la carcel

  • Alberto S.
    01/09/2020 06:54

    People saying you're body you're choice are sick immoral human beings no difference between them and the rapist,honestly the rapist dont care about who there raping,just like you murderers dont care that you're ending an innocent life, you'll need to repent and turn to jesus cause if you die in that state in your sin you will go to hell ,repent and believe the Gospel of Jesuschrist

  • La P.
    01/08/2020 18:10

    No entiendo si ella sabe que algo salio de dentro de ella en la letrina porque no busco ayuda.y me perdonan. Whaooo. 😥 que tristesa

  • Mary V.
    01/06/2020 07:24

    Que países tan injustos de que una mujer no pueda decidir en su cuerpo y además si es violáda y injustamente encarselada que injusticias por el echo de ser mujer.😡

  • Paul H.
    01/05/2020 13:35

    Abortion should be completely illegal but if she really was wrongly convicted then I'm glad she's free

  • Ariel R.
    01/04/2020 12:32


  • Mayra A.
    01/02/2020 07:52

    I have never been so ashamed to be salvadorian. A woman here has basically no rights, food or even medical access, as well education.

  • Pacheco V.
    01/01/2020 18:58

    Ola culpa no jefa mía el violador eres tú jajajaja jajajaja jajajaja jajajaja

  • Emily S.
    01/01/2020 15:04


  • Jeanie D.
    12/30/2019 22:16

    So sorry ,Sad story.

  • Kevi T.
    12/30/2019 09:43


  • Andritza R.
    12/28/2019 20:29

    Como una mujer no va a saber que está embarazada?

  • Angeles H.
    12/28/2019 14:23

    Que bueno que no traigan hijos a este mundo , quien quiere ser hijo de mujeres como ellas , sin amor . Urge ligadura para estas mujeres .

  • Amy M.
    12/27/2019 23:56

    Leave women alone, period!

  • Estela B.
    12/27/2019 14:46

    Cuando uno es primeriza no se nota el estómago , yo de mi primer embarazo ya llevaba 7 meces y ya empesar el 8 y no se me notaba y la gente no me creía que les decía que estaba embarazada

  • Dustin B.
    12/26/2019 16:17

    I don't believe in abortions what so ever. But she had no clue she was pregnant and it was still born theres nothing you can do about that the baby is dead before being born it wasnt the baby coming out it was her body pushing the dead baby out it wasnt a normal delivery at all when a chilf is dead inside you your body has to go in labor its self instead of the baby inducing labor is what I've always been told. You can't control a child being born stillborn unless you done something to cause it but her case she didnt even know she was pregnant and that's common in women with there first pregnacys they dont know the signs or even consider it inless there trying to get pregnant and constantly taking test or going to the doctor but in her case she was raped not trying to.