San Salvador, El Salvador, Jun 2, 2021 / 16:51 pm
Sara Rogel, a woman convicted in El Salvador of murdering her newborn, recently was released from prison on parole, and international media, in an apparent effort to sway public opinion in support of legalized abortion, are claiming Rogel was sentenced to 30 years in prison for procuring an abortion.
Abortion is prohibited in El Salvador and the constitution recognizes "every human being as a human person from the moment of conception." However, the sentence for abortion is two to eight years in prison, and is rarely served.
Speaking with ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish language news partner, Sara Larín, the founder of the pro-life VIDA SV Foundation, charged that “the big news media companies are lying.”
"In a few hours the headlines of press releases from CNN in Spanish, the Spanish newspaper El País and Deutsche Welle (DW) stated that Sara Rogel was convicted and released for having an abortion, which is a complete lie."
"The law against abortion has absolutely nothing to do with it," Larín stressed.
After serving almost ten years of her 30-year sentence for murdering her daughter, a Salvadoran court released Rogel on parole May 31. The nation’s attorney general’s office will appeal the ruling.
Various international media are now claiming Rogel was given a 30 year sentence for the crime of abortion. CNN en Español stated the woman was "sentenced to 30 years in prison in El Salvador for a miscarriage”, while DW headlined: "El Salvador: Sara Rogel accused of abortion is released."
France 24 said, "Court orders release of Salvadoran woman sentenced to 30 years in prison for accidental miscarriage,” while EFE read, "Salvadoran woman accused of abortion is released." El País said Rogel was "given a 30 year sentence for a miscarriage.”