El Salvador Woman Has C-Section to Avoid Abortion; Baby Dies

Image: El Salvador Woman Has C-Section to Avoid Abortion; Baby Dies A couple sits outside the National Maternity Hospital in San Salvador where a woman only known as "Beatriz" was hospitalized pregnant with an anencephalic baby.

Tuesday, 04 Jun 2013 08:25 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — The pregnant woman at the center of an abortion controversy in El Salvador had her fetus delivered on Monday by cesarean section to save her life and avoid breaking the law, although the baby did not survive.

El Salvador's Health Ministry said doctors attending the woman, who uses the name "Beatriz" to protect her identity, performed a C-section to remove the fetus, thereby avoiding an abortion, which is illegal in the country.

The Central American country banned all types of abortion in 1999, but Beatriz's fetus had a serious condition known as anencephaly, which results in only partial brain development. Such a fetus has little or no chance of surviving after birth.

Health Minister Maria Isabel Rodriguez said the operation took place about 2 p.m. Mondayand that Beatriz, who had been 27 weeks pregnant, was in stable condition.

"She's in good hands, being looked after well," she told Reuters. "I expect things to go well over the next few hours."

Shortly afterward, Rodriguez said that Beatriz's baby daughter died about five hours after the operation.

Beatriz, 22, suffers from lupus and kidney problems, which posed a serious threat to her own health.

The operation followed a non-binding resolution on Thursday by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights that called on El Salvador to take action to save Beatriz's life after the country's courts had denied her an abortion.

El Salvador's Supreme Court rejected Beatriz's request for an abortion on the grounds it breached the constitution, which it said protects life from the moment of conception.

The cesarean delivery provided El Salvador with a way out of the legal wrangle.

Morena Herrera, a spokeswoman for the abortion rights group Colectivo Feminista, said that although Beatriz could have been spared unnecessary suffering, her life had been saved.

Claudia Handal, a spokeswoman for the anti-abortion group Red Familia, said the rights of all had been respected.

"We're very happy because as we said from the beginning, it wasn't necessary to perform an abortion, the point was to respect the baby's life and to give Beatriz the care and the right to health that she deserved," Handal told Reuters.

The case has drawn attention to abortion in El Salvador and attitudes toward the procedure in predominantly Roman Catholic Latin America. Some countries such as Colombia are relaxing their rules in order to permit abortions in cases of rape.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Israeli Airstrike Kills 3 Senior Hamas Leaders

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 11:10 AM

An Israeli airstrike in Gaza killed three senior Hamas military commanders Thursday, delivering a likely blow to the org . . .

Netanyahu Vows to Kill Hamas Leaders as Gaza Remains Defiant

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 09:56 AM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israeli forces will keep hunting down leaders of Hamas in the Gaza Strip after ki . . .

Executioner's British Accent Used as Propaganda

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 09:44 AM

Islamic militants are using a beheading video to send a chilling message , not just through the gruesome act, but also b . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved