The United States have executed Lisa Montgomery this Wednesday, sentenced to death for murdering a pregnant woman and opening her belly to extract her child, in the first federal execution of a woman in nearly seven decades in the country.

Montgomery was sentenced for strangling an eight-month-pregnant woman and ripping her baby from her womb, although the baby survived. The woman has been executed by lethal injection in an Indiana prison, as confirmed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

The execution was carried out shortly after the Supreme Court lifted the suspension issued by an appeals court, following the defense demands for Montgomery’s mental state after “a lifetime of sexual torture at the hands of her carers”.

The Donald Trump Administration announced in 2019 the end of the moratorium on executions at the federal level and in recent months seven people have been executed. The president-elect, Joe Biden, has shown his intention to reinstate the moratorium once he accedes to the White House.

In the United States, an informal moratorium on the death penalty had existed until 2019 since the 2003 execution of Louis Jones. However, capital punishment has continued to be applied in each of the 29 states in which it is legal.