El Salvador woman jailed over abortion pardoned by Congress

January 22, 2015 3:54 AM

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SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - El Salvador's Congress on Wednesday pardoned a woman accused of abortion and later sentenced to 30 years in prison for homicide in a landmark case that has put the country's harsh laws under the spotlight.

The vote may signal similar relief for other women who have been convicted and sentenced to jail for abortion, which was criminalized in El Salvador in 1997.

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