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El Salvadorian in abortion dispute to have C-section

SAN 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.

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.

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