El Salvador Should Decriminalize Abortion

El Salvador Should Decriminalize Abortion
Some Women Accused of Having Abortions Convicted of Murder, Sentenced to 40 Years

by Sarah Taylor
February 16, 2017

In 2013, the life of “Beatriz,” a 22-year-old woman in El Salvador, was put in grave danger as a result of her pregnancy. But abortion is illegal in El Salvador. Trying to save her own life, Beatriz took her case to the Supreme Court – after all, her doctors deemed the medical procedure necessary for her to live – but the court ruled she could not have an abortion. Even the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights intervened, but it was not enough. Beatriz’s health deteriorated; the government delayed. Finally, Beatriz underwent an emergency Caesarean section, and the baby died several hours later. According to the Center for Reproductive Rights, she has continued to have health consequences from the ordeal.

Continued at source: Human Rights Watch: https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/02/16/el-salvador-should-decriminalize-abortion