El Salvador has received a lot of international attention in recent years for its abortion law, among the most restrictive in the world (like 4 other countries, El Salvador bans abortion in all cases, including rape and fatal fetal abnormality and threat to the mother's life from continuing the pregnancy).
But here's what I learned when I started talking to doctors and activists and regular women in El Salvador - that the law is so harsh, and enforcement is so haphazard, that there are women in jail for miscarriages, stillbirths, and preterm labour.
When a woman shows up bleeding at a health facility, nurses and doctors and even friends and neighbours report her to the police for suspected abortion - terrified that if they don't, the police will come after them for aiding and abetting - which carries a prison sentence of up to eight years.
And so an unknown number of women never seek the health care they need.
Neither do women who undergo clandestine abortions (the week I met the activists, they were assisting a teenager who tried to induce abortion with baking soda) and need medical care (an estimated 40% of 35,000 women a year).
Just to round it out, the country has the highest rate of first birth by teenagers in the world, and doesn't teach sex ed in schools.
It felt like stepping into The Handmaid's Tale. And it was, frankly, kind of terrifying.
I've had miscarriages. And but for an accident of privilege, I could be in the life-sentence wing of a medieval Salvadoran jail.