The teenager is among a number of women sentenced for breaking El Salvador’s strict abortion laws, despite having a stillbirth.
A 19-year-old from El Salvador has been sentenced to 30 years in jail for the stillbirth of her rapist’s child.
According to The Guardian, Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz was convicted for failing to seek proper care for her unborn child, and therefore its murder. She was apparently unaware of her pregnancy until she gave birth in her school’s toilet in April 2016.
She was reported to officials by hospital staff when she went to seek care. The baby's body was later found in the school toilet. The prosecutor in the trial argued that Cruz intentionally hurt the baby.
Cruz’s story has prompted an outpouring of support from reproductive rights groups and women on social media.