Target: Judge Jose Belarmino Jaime, President of the Supreme Court of Justice of El Salvador
Goal: Allow Beatriz, a critically ill 22-year-old woman, to abort her dead fetus
El Salvador strictly bans abortion for any reason, including rape, incest, or threat to the mother’s life. This is a partisan issue, and decriminalization of abortion does not seem likely in the near future. However, common sense dictates specific exceptions to this rule, and El Salvador allows none.
Amnesty International tells us about a 22-year-old woman identified as Beatriz, who is four-and-a-half months pregnant. Her fetus has anencephaly, which means it is developing without a brain. There is no possible way this baby could survive once it is born. Beatriz is also experiencing potentially fatal complications related to her lupus and kidney disease as a result of her nonviable pregnancy.
The hospital treating Beatriz has sought permission to give her an abortion, but authorities haven’t allowed them to do so. Under Salvadorian law, anyone seeking or carrying out an abortion may be given a long prison sentence, meaning both Beatriz and her doctors would be liable.
Beatriz has taken her case to El Salvador’s Supreme Court, which is currently debating the case. There is no possible way that her baby will survive once its born, and every reason to believe that Beatriz wouldn’t either. Urge Judge Jose Belarmino Jaime, President of the Supreme Court of Justice of El Salvador, to permit Beatriz to have an abortion, and soon.
Dear Mr. Jaime,
Abortion is a heated issue, and we understand that many people believe it is murder. We are not here to debate the morality of it, but we do believe that abortions should be granted in certain cases.
One of those cases is that of a 22-year-old woman named Beatriz. Beatriz’s fetus was diagnosed with anencephaly, which means it is developing without a brain. In medical terms, someone is dead when their brain no longer works, referred to as “brain death.” Beatriz’ fetus never had a brain, so it is, by medical standards, already dead now. Beatriz also suffers from lupus and kidney disease, and is likely to die if she is forced to carry her fetus to term.
Her doctors have sought permission to give her an abortion, but approval has not been granted. Beatriz has taken her case to the Supreme Court, where it is currently being debated. We urge you to allow Beatriz to have an abortion, so she won’t die giving birth to a dead baby. And please decide this case quickly: her health is getting worse.
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