Thursday, May 30, 2013

Pregnant El Salvador Woman Denied Life-Saving Abortion

UPDATE: El Salvador has been ordered to provide Beatriz with care! Well done, Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica! (More: They are as of May 31 not allowing what would be a less invasive abortion procedure, but instead are sidestepping the country's abortion laws and are allowing Beatriz to undergo a cesarean section.)

This is the entire abotion debate in one story:
After more than a month of delays, El Salvador’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday to deny a critically ill woman a lifesaving abortion. The 22-year-old woman, identified only as Beatriz, is 26 weeks pregnant with a nonviable, anencephalic fetus; her doctors have warned that, due to severe health complications related to Beatriz’s lupus, cardiovascular disease and kidney functioning, she may not survive the pregnancy.
Abortion is illegal under all circumstances in El Salvador, and the court’s ruling is final, according to her lawyers. “The only way now is to go to the international courts,” Victor Hugo Mata, one of Beatriz’s lawyers, told CBS News.
Would you let your sister die if this were her? To give birth to a baby that doctors say will live no more than a few hours?
Beatriz is carrying an anencephalic fetus, which means it has no brain and is only expected to survive at maximum a few hours after birth, even if she carries it to full term.
Would you let your sister die if this were her? A really lot of people have to answer that question.

• Image from the video at link.

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