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Salvadoran Government Ordered to Provide Beatriz Access to Life-Saving Care

Salvadoran Government Ordered to Provide Beatriz Access to Life-Saving Care

Written by Kathy Bougher, RH Reality Check

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica, the highest human rights court in the Americas, handed down Thursday a decision ordering the government of El Salvador to provide Beatriz with life-saving care. It ordered the state to provide the measures necessary to protect her life, health, and well-being, as well as refrain from interfering with the actions the doctors consider appropriate.

Beatriz, a 22-year-old woman who suffers from several life-threatening health problems, is 25 weeks pregnant with an anencephalic fetus, meaning it is missing part of its brain and will likely die at birth or shortly thereafter.  Her doctors recommended she receive an abortion, and she requested one on April 11. However, abortion is illegal under all circumstances in El Salvador.

The spokesperson for the Inter-American Court, Paola Ugaz, explained that the case is not going through formal channels; rather, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights asked the judges to issues an immediate order to the Salvadoran government to avoid irreparable harm to Beatriz. This is the first case on abortion that the court has considered. The government has until June 7 to present a first report to the court on its compliance with the measures ordered.

The Salvadoran Supreme Court’s Constitutional Chamber handed down a ruling on May 29 which prohibited the therapeutic abortion that Beatriz requested in April. In spite of that decision, the Inter-American Court ruled that the Salvadoran government is obligated to guarantee that “the medical team providing treatment receives the appropriate protection needed in order to fully exercise their function in accordance with the decisions that the medical team adopts based on medical science.”

Morena Herrera, president of the Citizen Group for the Decriminalization of Abortion, which has supported Beatriz, said, “We hope that the Salvadoran government complies immediately with this resolution from the Inter-American Court to proceed with the termination of Beatriz’s pregnancy in a manner that allows her to continue her life fully and safely.”

According to the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), the court’s decisions carry a mandatory requirement for governmental compliance since El Salvador is a member state of the Organization of American States and signed the American Convention on Human Rights, which includes acceptance of the court’s competency.

This post was originally published by RH Reality Check.


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1:03PM PDT on Jun 6, 2013


11:54AM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

YES! Great News, Pamela!!!

11:49AM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

Pamela W.: That's good news that Beatriz is recovering!

2:44PM PDT on Jun 4, 2013

Oh my, this is good news!

2:19PM PDT on Jun 4, 2013

GOOD NEWS FOLKS !!!!! Just received the following from Amnesty International .....

Dear Pamela,

Thank YOU for standing up to demand health care for Beatriz, a pregnant mother in El Salvador who could have died after being denied life-saving treatment.

Beatriz finally received treatment yesterday. You, along with hundreds of thousands of activists around the globe, created critical public pressure. Your messages, tweets, solidarity photos and activism pushed officials to save her life -- and they meant the world to Beatriz, her family, and those in El Salvador campaigning tirelessly on her behalf.

Beatriz is now recovering."

11:26AM PDT on Jun 3, 2013

How can people let this woman die? Her baby will soon die after birth, now they're going to let the mom die too?

10:32AM PDT on Jun 3, 2013

Hopefully this woman will get the medical attention she needs to save her life in time.

9:28AM PDT on Jun 3, 2013

Bill C. Your misogyny is showing. Yes Bill, I get it. If you were a woman you would... But the reality is that you are not a woman. Instead you are fool of misogynist who really has no understanding of the world you live in.

If you did you would not post such nonsense as 'If I were a woman.'

The fact you even admit you are not a woman. Should clue you to the fact that a woman making a decision concerning her body and pregnancy puts you and I on the side that says. It should be her choice.

The information concerning this case. Only a misogynist would suggest making another decision that puts not just her health on the line, but her life. That is despicable.

I hope she does get the life saving abortion. I hope that this case leads to repealing such laws in El Salvador.

1:23AM PDT on Jun 3, 2013


6:09PM PDT on Jun 2, 2013

Mark K ......... I vaguely remember you having made a post about this when the first article came out - I also remember that your solution was for Beatrix to "TAKE A BUS TO COSTA RICA" !!!!! ..... I think you even quoted the price of the ticket !!!!! The fact she was seriously ill in hospital just didn't seem to cross your mind at the time ..... and I pointed it out to you in my reply, back then !!!
The other thing I pointed out is that the law, as it is in El Salvador, could still attack Beatrix if she took that option and the prison sentence applicable to her would effectively mean she would never even see her other child grow up (unless the whole family fled the country) . So why are you still "ranting on" about things which just have no relevance in this case ??? Why are you making "snide" comments about Marianne C, who seemingly has a better understanding of this than you do ???? Typical male chauvenist attitude !!!!

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