Dafne McPherson was convicted of murder after her baby died during childbirth part of a growing trend to criminalise women in conservative parts of the country
The day that Dafne McPhersons life came apart began like any other: she dropped her seven-year-old daughter Lia at school, then started her shift in the childrens clothing section of the Liverpool department store in the central Mexican city of San Juan del Ro.
At around 5pm, she felt a sharp abdominal cramp and spoke to the store nurse, who told her nothing was amiss. But shortly afterwards, in the second-floor bathroom, McPherson went into labour. She says she hadnt even realised that she was pregnant.
McPherson is currently serving a 16-year sentence after she was convicted of homicide for the death of her baby in what she says was a miscarriage.
Her case gained national notoriety when court videos surfaced in which the prosecutor described McPhersons alleged actions as something not even a dog would do.
But activists say the trial demonstrates a growing trend in which Mexican prosecutors in conservative parts of Mexico criminalise women who have miscarriages or complicated childbirths by accusing them of intentionally inducing abortion which remains illegal in much of the country.
When they started investigatng Dafne, it was as an abortion investigation, not a homicide case, said Karla Michel Salas, a human rights lawyer familiar with McPhersons case.
The persecution of women who have miscarriages started after Mexico City decriminalised abortion a decade ago. In response, other states introduced further restrictions on womens reproductive rights, Salas said.
Most of the women charged in such cases are poor and unable to find a competent lawyer to defend them, she added.