El Salvador: ‘I had a miscarriage. The judge accused me of murder’

Jordi Ruiz Cirera

Camera: Irene Baqué & Jordi Ruiz Cirera
Directed, produced & edited by: Irene Baqué
Executive producer: Liz Ford
Commissioned by: The Guardian

For Salvadoran women who suffer a miscarriage, the physical and emotional trauma of losing a child can be the start of a life-changing ordeal consisting of poor medical treatment, arrest without recourse to legal advice and imprisonment for up to 40 years.

Women who have fallen foul of El Salvador’s punitive anti-abortion law, and are either serving time or have completed a prison sentence, describe the torment of life behind bars and reveal how their lives have been altered forever

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