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A young woman charged with homicide in El Salvador after delivering a baby into a toilet is on trial a second time.

The retrial of Evelyn Beatriz Hernández, whose pregnancy resulted from a rape, began Thursday in this town 2 ½ miles (4 kilometers) northeast of San Salvador.

El Salvador allows no exceptions for its abortion ban and authorities have used the law to pursue women who suffered miscarriages. Hernández’s fetus was 32 weeks when she felt intense abdominal pains and delivered it into a primitive toilet. She has said she didn’t know she was pregnant.

The Supreme Court in February ordered the retrial and overturned her 30-year sentence. She had served 33 months.

The Associated Press usually doesn’t identify victims of alleged sexual assault, but Hernández has spoken publicly.

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