El Salvador’s total ban on abortion puts women’s health and lives in danger and denies them essential reproductive freedom. Right now, dozens of women are wrongfully imprisoned under the country’s current abortion law — some sentenced to 30 years or more after suffering obstetric emergencies, miscarriages, or stillbirths. In March, 2018, we sat down with four women inside El Salvador’s Ilopango prison. Alba Lorena Rodríguez Santos, Ena Vinda Munguía, Evelyn Beatriz Hernández and Cinthia Marcela Rodríguez Ayala suffered pregnancy complications and were later convicted of aggravated homicide and sentenced to 30 to 40 years in prison. These are their stories.
The Women Behind Bars In El Salvador