A decision by El Salvador’s Supreme Court to once again put off a ruling on whether or not to allow a severely ill pregnant woman to have an abortion shows no humanity, Amnesty International said.
Beatriz, a 22-year-old woman whose case is gathering attention around the world, is four-and-a-half months pregnant and has been diagnosed with a number of severe illnesses, including lupus and kidney disease.
The foetus she is carrying is not expected to survive as it is missing a large part of its brain and skull.
Beatriz is currently in hospital, but has been denied life-saving treatment because it would require terminating her pregnancy. Abortion is illegal in El Salvador in all circumstances, even when the woman life is at risk.
The Supreme Court had the chance to resolve this issue with a definitive ruling – the delay puts Beatriz’s life in even greater danger than was already the case.