A 22 year old woman in El Salvador is carrying a 20 week old anencephalic foetus. She suffers from Lupus erythematosus discoid and acute renal failure.
The doctors in charge of her have repeatedly said she will not survive the pregnancy, but in El Salvador, thanks to a law passed in the 90s, no woman may interrumpt her pregancy, under whatever circumstance, no exception. The penalty for this is 50 years of jailtime for the woman and 12 for the doctor who perform it.
More than 20 days ago, the Salvadoran COMission for human Rights has petitoned the government for an exemption from the law, to no avail.
What a disgraceful situation. And they pride themsevels in being one of the "better" countries in Central America. What are they expecting, for the woman to die, put her on life support and carry to term an anencephalic product?
Airstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2149 posts, RR: 1 Reply 2, posted (7 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1312 times:
I can barely even think of anything to say here... (there's only so much I could get out of that article with my high school Spanish)
This can't be the first time in El Salvador that there's been a genuinely life-saving medical need to end a pregnancy? I wonder what sort of court rulings there have been, either there or in other countries with stringent anti-abortion laws.
Airstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2149 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (6 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 924 times:
From what I can find out, the Salvadoran high court is still dragging its heels on this.
I urge everyone here to join the online petition The link also shows a postal address in El Salvador, I recommend using that one instead, as physical mail is tougher to ignore; can't be wiped out with a simple click.