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“Stop the ban” Activists protest against country’s abortion laws

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Activists in El Salvador are protesting against the country’s abortion laws with eggs filled with confetti and red paints. A small group of masked woman disguised as clowns, spray painted the Attorney General’s Office. They quickly retreated as dozens of other protesters chanted their support nearby. The activists were protesting a decision to seek a third trial of Evelyn Hernandez, who has recently been acquitted after she is convicted of homicide and sentenced to 50 years in prison. Abortion is banned in the socially conservative Central American country. 21-year-old Evelyn Hernandez was convicted of intentionally aborting her child. She was sentenced to 50 years in jail and she already served three years. In February the country’s top court called for her release and retrial. The court said that the original decision was based on insufficient evidence. The court has since found her to be innocent in the retrial which concluded in August Hernandez was 18 at the time she said that she would have waited for her baby’s birth with pride and joy had she known. She was accused of abortion but was later charged with aggravated homicide. Now prosecutors blamed her for hiding her pregnancy and not seeking antenatal care.