Thursday, April 25, 2013

El Salvador's abortion law threatens life

El Salvador has one of the strictest anti-abortion laws in the world.   El Salvador outlaws abortion for any reason.   There are no exceptions for rape, incest, or to protect the life of the mother.   Moreover, El Salvador arrests and imprisons women who have abortions, sometime charging them with murder and sending them to prison for thirty years.

The human consequences of that law are in abundantly clear today in a single case.   The Huffington Post has this article on a case highlighted by Amnesty International:

A critically ill young woman in El Salvador may have to decide between jail and a life-saving abortion, according to a new report from Amnesty International. 
The 22-year-old woman, identified only as Beatriz, is four-and-a-half months pregnant but could die if she doesn't get an abortion, per the report.  Beatriz has been diagnosed with several illnesses, including lupus and kidney disease, Amnesty wrote, and her baby is missing a large part of its brain and skull and would likely die within hours or days of birth.....

Salon reports that Beatriz's hospital petitioned El Salvador's Supreme Court a month ago but is still awaiting a ruling on the matter.

“Beatriz’s situation is desperate and must not wait any longer. Her very chances of survival depend on a decision from the authorities,” Esther Major, Amnesty International’s researcher on Central America, said in a statement. “The delay is nothing short of cruel and inhuman."
Amnesty International has a current urgent campaign to get messages of support for Beatriz to Salvadoran authorities.   You can go to that campaign at this link.

2 comments:

Lawrence M. Ladutke said...

For some reason, the PDF has not been updated to reflect a change in target. Instead of the Minister of Health, please send letters to the Attorney General:
Luis Martínez
Fiscal General de la República
Fiscalía General de la República
Calle Cortez Blanco Poniente, #20, Urbanización Madre Selva 3, Antiguo Cuscatlán, La Libertad.
San Salvador, El Salvador
Fax: +503 2246 4950
Correo-e.: fiscalgeneral@fgr.gob.sv
Tratamiento: Estimado Sr. Fiscal

Lawrence M. Ladutke said...

New online action: http://takeaction.amnestyusa.org/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx?c=6oJCLQPAJiJUG&b=6645049&aid=519715