The hands of the male fetus may sometimes appear to be gripping its genitals. And that, says Rep. Michael Burgess, is why abortion should be banned even earlier in pregnancy than the GOP is seeking in a bill on its way to the floor.
For months Beatriz was denied the care that could save her life. Her story is her own, yet it is also ours. We are Beatriz.
Beatriz’s struggle to protect her health, live with human dignity, and find justice in a dark time—that struggle is one we cannot forget. The sad reality is, it is also a struggle that is all too common for women across the globe.
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati argued that although Christa Dias was hired to teach computer classes and is not Catholic, she was still considered a minister of the Catholic Church and therefore could be fired for not adhering to Catholic teachings about IVF. But Dias won in court.
Across the United States, religious health-care corporations are absorbing once secular and independent hospitals and in the process imposing religious restrictions that sometimes pit standard medical practice against theology.
The Catholic Church and the international anti-choice movement are desperate to deny that Beatriz did, in fact, have an abortion. And much of the media is taking the bait.
The church fathers’ refusal to ordain women priests or to sanction the use of contraception suggests that contempt for women drives the draconian abortion doctrine they’d like to put into law across the globe.
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?
Developing nations like Kenya have not experienced the overall decrease in maternal mortality enjoyed across the globe. More needs to be done to address the impact of maternal death on families and communities.
The news is getting worse, not better. Beatriz has been denied a life-saving abortion. Will you help?