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    May 23, 2013

    UPDATE: May 30th, Court denies Beatriz her appeal for access to a therapeutic abortion.

    By Esther Major, Central America researcher at Amnesty International

    Less than a month ago, few people knew who Beatriz was.

    But over the last few days and weeks the horrific plight of this 22-year-old woman in El Salvador has inundated social media networks and travelled across the globe.

    Mother-of-one Beatriz is pregnant and severely ill. She is currently in hospital with lupus and kidney problems. Her health situation is so severe that doctors say she could die if she continues with the pregnancy. The doctors have also diagnosed the foetus as anencephalic (lacking a large part of its brain and skull), which in almost all cases results in the baby’s death before or within a few hours or days of birth.

    May 17, 2013

    A decision by El Salvador’s Supreme Court to once again put off a ruling on whether or not to allow a severely ill pregnant woman to have an abortion shows no humanity, Amnesty International said.

    Beatriz, a 22-year-old woman whose case is gathering attention around the world, is four-and-a-half months pregnant and has been diagnosed with a number of severe illnesses, including lupus and kidney disease.

    The foetus she is carrying is not expected to survive as it is missing a large part of its brain and skull.

    Beatriz is currently in hospital, but has been denied life-saving treatment because it would require terminating her pregnancy. Abortion is illegal in El Salvador in all circumstances, even when the woman life is at risk.

    The Supreme Court had the chance to resolve this issue with a definitive ruling – the delay puts Beatriz’s life in even greater danger than was already the case.

    April 17, 2013

    The authorities in El Salvador should immediately provide a seriously ill pregnant woman with life-saving medical treatment that has so far been denied to her, Amnesty International said today.

    Doctor say Beatriz could die if she continues with the pregnancy, but have not yet treated her because they fear that if they end the pregnancy they might be prosecuted under the country’s total ban on abortion.

    The 22-year-old woman is four-and-a-half months pregnant and has been diagnosed with a number of severe illnesses, including lupus and kidney disease.

    Doctors have also confirmed that the foetus she is carrying is missing a large part of its brain and skull, which means it is expected to die before it is born, or within a few hours or days after birth.

    It is now more than a month since the hospital requested permission to provide Beatriz with the treatment she needs, but the authorities have still not agreed to it being carried out.

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