El Salvador: Woman freed after 15 years in jail for abortion.
A 34-year-old woman in El Salvador has been freed after spending 15 years in prison for having an abortion.
Maira Verónica Figueroa Marroquín was released after her 30-year sentence for aggravated murder was decreased.
Abortion is prohibited in El Salvador, a predominantly Roman Catholic nation, under any circumstances.
Ms Figueroa always maintained her innocence. She said she suffered a stillbirth in a home where she was employed as a maid in 2003.
She was taken to the hospital, arrested and eventually sentenced for inducing an abortion.
Her parents, in addition to journalists and activists, were outside the prison in Ilopango, close to the capital San Salvador, to welcome her.
Ms Figueroa is the second woman this year to have her sentence for abortion reduced by the Supreme Court.
Teodora Vásquez, 35, had her sentenced commuted a month ago.
She spent 10 years in prison following her baby was found dead and she was sentenced for murder.
“I am happy to be with my family,” she said.
“I want to study law to understand what happened to me and help other women,” she added.
“I’m going to start again and make up for lost time.”