What’s Current: El Salvador woman freed from prison after 30-year abortion sentence

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  • A Salvadoran woman who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for murder after the death of her unborn fetus is released. Sara Rogel was accused of terminating her pregnancy and violating El Salvador’s harsh abortion ban in 2012, and has served nearly one third of her sentence.
  • RadFem Italia reports 24 female athletes are taking legal action against the participation of males in women’s sports.
  • Slovenia approves a new law that now defines rape as sex without consent, becoming the thirteenth country in Europe to pass similar legislation.
  • A BBC investigation reveals Afghan policewomen face systematic abuse from their colleagues. The US and EU demand an inquiry into the claims of widespread sexual assault and rape.
  • New Jersey will close its only women’s prison following an investigation into “brutal cell extractions” and years of physical and sexual abuse of inmates by guards.
Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.