Recently, the investigation files on children forcefully disappeared during the 13-year civil war in El Salvador were destroyed in an attack on the offices of Asociación Pro-Búsqueda—seemingly part of an orchestrated campaign to destroy evidence related to the genocidal acts committed during the civil war.
The story of “Beatriz,” the 22-year-old woman caught in the firestorm of the abortion conflict in El Salvador, no longer appears on the front pages of the country’s newspapers nor on TV nightly news. Beatriz, however, continues to struggle daily.
Latin America is home to five of the seven countries in the world in which abortion is banned in all instances, even when the life of the woman is at risk. Here’s why.
In May, the same group of experts urged the government of El Salvador to act swiftly to provide a safe abortion for Beatriz, the 22-year-old woman whose pregnancy was finally terminated via hysterotomy abortion earlier this week.
Beatriz’s treatment should be considered cruel and degrading and a violation of the Hippocratic oath to do no harm.
It cannot but be concluded that the life and health of a young, rural woman had no value under the law in El Salvador. Can the rest of the world remain indifferent?
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the highest human rights court in the Americas, handed down Thursday a decision ordering the government of El Salvador to provide Beatriz access to health care that could save her life.
In a stunning decision made worse by the length of time it took to be handed down, the Supreme Court of El Salvador denied a young woman “permission” on Wednesday for an abortion needed to save her life.
The only reasonable explanation for the public stand-off is that Beatriz and other resource-poor women are politically expendable, and that crossing the Catholic Church is seen as worse than being hung out in the press as inhumane.
As people take to the streets in support of Beatriz, pressure is mounting on the Supreme Court of El Salvador to finally make a decision granting Beatriz a life-saving abortion. Meanwhile, Beatriz’s mother pleads for her daughter’s life.