"The sentence is public precisely because the right to privacy is reserved to the victims and not to the victimizers," Larín stressed.
"She never disputed her guilt, did not file any appeal for review, and gave conflicting versions of the facts. The evidence shows that she committed the crime and those false versions were never found reasonable by the Court. It's not true that she didn't know that she was pregnant, she had already had three children previously, "Larin explained.
In her testimony, "Maria Edis said that she had fallen into the river, that she had inadvertently expelled the child in the latrine, which according to forensic doctors was not possible; there was no evidence of any injuries from the alleged fall into the river. It was determined that the child was born alive, breathing, and survived between 10 and 20 minutes after being thrown into the latrine," Larín said.
The court's sentence said that Hernández' statements were "contrary to logic and medicine," and concluded that she deliberately caused the baby's death.
The international campaign to legalize abortion
According to Larín, abortion proponents intend to create a legal precedent that forces the Salvadoran government to pay millions in compensation to the organizations that filed the lawsuit.
"That money will have to be financed from the taxes of the entire Salvadoran people so these pro-abortion groups can continue to use it to bombard us with ideologies contrary to the law, morality and good customs," she said.
Another pro-life leader, Julia Regina de Cardenal, the president of the Fundación Sí a la Vida (Yes to Life) in El Salvador, told ACI Prensa June 3 that this "slanderous international campaign against El Salvador to legalize the abortion industry is financed by petty interests capable of the worst tricks to achieve their goal. "
De Cardenal said that the other cases presented in the documentary and in the CBS News articles were also "being manipulated" since "they have nothing to do with abortions."
"These women were convicted for the aggravated homicide of their children who were born alive," she said.
Babies allegedly miscarried have been found "strangled, struck with a stone, with fractures to the neck, stabbed, abandoned in septic tanks or inside plastic bags that had been hidden," she said.
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"They were all full term babies who breathed, but were cruelly killed."
De Cardenal pointed out that in El Salvador "there is not a single serious media outlet that has published the lies repeated in the international propaganda media, that women are hated and persecuted here; that hundreds of women are imprisoned for abortion; that poor women who had 'miscarriages,' 'obstetric emergencies' or 'non-hospital deliveries' are given 40 years in prison."
"That's false," she underscored.
De Cardenal emphasized that in El Salvador miscarriage is not punishable, and that "this farce is so absurd because women are not even imprisoned for induced abortion."
"Why? Because the penalty for induced abortion is 2 to 8 years (not 40) and the judges don't hate or persecute the women, instead they give them alternative sentencing, " she explained.
The Yes to Life Foundation representative said that the Salvadoran people "are fed up with the lack of respect and insults of deceitful foreign actresses and journalists who accuse us of having a 'medieval, draconian law,' when in reality we have legislation that truly protects equal human rights for all people, which ought to serve as a model for the rest of the world. "