Human Rights court to rule on El Salvador abortion case
March 8, 2023
Women's rights activists called for the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to condemn El Salvador in a case brought a decade ago by a woman who died after being forced to carry a pregnancy, although the fetus could not survive.
Beatriz, who suffered lupus disease, she was told she would likely die if the pregnancy continued and anencephaly - a lethal condition under which parts of the brain and skull do not develop inside the womb - meant the fetus could not survive. She appealed to the Supreme Court and the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR), but the Salvadoran court rejected her request for an abortion. The baby died hours after a C-section and Beatriz’s health deteriorated and she died four years later.
The IACHR is set to rule on the case on March 22-23 in Costa Rica.
As of last year, rights group estimated that more than 180 women had been prosecuted under El Salvador’s draconian abortion laws, considered some of the world's harshest, which ban abortion even when it is accidental, a result of rape or performed to save a woman's life.
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