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The Justice of El Salvador granted conditional release to a woman on Monday after nine years in prison for the crime of aggravated homicide committed by allegedly having an abortion.

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According to the Citizen Group for the Decriminalization of Abortion, the woman was the victim of a sexual assault at the age of 17, became pregnant and suffered an obstetric emergency.

The non-governmental organization indicated that the woman identified as Kenya was arrested by the Police and was later tried for the crime of aggravated homicide, for which she was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

“We celebrate that Kenya is released after spending nine years in prison. Her 30-year sentence for aggravated murder has ended (…) we will continue to fight tirelessly and collectively to free the women who are still unjustly detained,” said a representative of the civil group.

According to the organization, Kenia is the fourth woman released from 17 Salvadorans unjustly imprisoned for suffering health emergencies during their pregnancies.

In El Salvador, women who suffer miscarriages during pregnancy are routinely suspected of having had an abortion and are prosecuted for aggravated homicide, which carries a 30-year prison sentence.

The “total” ban on abortion in the Central American country continues to “take lives,” recently assured María Antonieta Alcalde, director for Central America and Mexico of Ipas, an organization that fights for access to abortion.

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