El Salvadorian in abortion dispute to have C-section
ReutersSAN SALVADOR, El Salvador--The woman at the center of an abortion controversy in El Salvador will be granted a Caesarean section to end a pregnancy endangering her life and avoid breaking the law in the Central American nation.
June 2, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
El Salvador's health ministry said late on Thursday doctors attending the woman, who uses the name “Beatriz” to protect her identity, could perform a Caesarean to remove her malformed fetus and circumvent an abortion, which is illegal there.
The announcement came after a nonbinding resolution by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that called on El Salvador act to save the life of the 22-year-old woman after it denied her an abortion.
El Salvador banned all types of abortion in 1999, but Beatriz's fetus has a serious condition known as anencephaly that results in only partial brain development. Such a fetus has little or no chance of surviving after birth.
Beatriz, who is 26 weeks pregnant, suffers from lupus and kidney problems, posing a grave threat to her own health.