A 1998 law in El Salvador prohibits all abortions, without exception. (Shared Interest / Flickr)
Petition: We're writing to insist that you allow Beatriz' doctors to perform an abortion to save her life. You must act to spare this young woman with her whole life ahead of her and so much yet to do. The fetus she's carrying isn't capable of life, but Beatriz could still survive. She could still have a future with her husband and infant son.
Beatriz is a human being with human rights, and the right to enjoy her future, her freedom, and her family. Denying her life-saving medical care is unacceptable. Act now to allow her doctors do their duty to try and save their patient without fear of imprisonment.
Update: Both the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights are asking the government of El Salvador to act swiftly to save Beatriz. UNOHCHR calls the situation "cruel, inhumane, and degrading."
Beatriz wants to live. She's 22 years old and the mother of an infant, but the second trimester pregnancy she's carrying is killing her -- right now as you read this -- and the government of El Salvador has refused to permit an exception to their abortion ban to save her life.
The fetus Beatriz is carrying is anencephalic; it has no brain and won't survive birth even if her health allowed her to carry to full term. More to the point, Beatriz has lupus, worsened by a kidney malfunction, and it's very dangerous for her to be pregnant. But under El Salvador's abortion ban, both Beatriz and any medical staff involved in providing a therapeutic abortion would face criminal charges, carrying penalties as high as 50 years in jail for her and 12 years in jail for her doctors.
Both El Salvador's Minister of Health and Attorney General for Human Rights support allowing an exception to save Beatriz' life, yet the Supreme Court has delayed making this literally life and death decision. Now this impoverished young mother has entered early stage renal failure as her pregnancy steadily destroys her kidneys.
Sign now to stand with Beatriz' husband and infant son today in asking the Salvadoran government to allow her doctors to save her life and their future together as a family.