When a woman named “Beatriz” stood up for her rights in April and May 2013 and demanded her human right to life, Amnesty International supporters joined forces with local and international activists. Together you echoed Beatriz’s voice, again and again, until the authorities finally listened.
Aged 22 and from El Salvador, Beatriz suffers from severe illnesses, including lupus and kidney problems. When she became pregnant, doctors told her that continuing her pregnancy could kill her. Her foetus was also anencephalic, lacking a large part of its brain and skull, and would not survive for more than a few hours after birth.
But doctors feared being prosecuted under El Salvador’s total abortion ban, and felt that their hands were tied by a law so extreme that only a handful of countries worldwide have chosen to impose similar legislation. This is because such laws pose a serious risk to women and girls.