El Salvador Woman Denied Abortion Has C-Section
Baby dies as docs move to save mom
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 4, 2013 8:09 AM CDT
A Salvadoran woman has had a C-section after she was denied an abortion.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – After being denied an abortion despite serious health concerns, a Salvadoran woman known only as Beatriz has undergone a cesarean section to save her life, the AP reports. The baby girl was born without a brain 27 weeks into the pregnancy and died five hours later, the Guardian reports. El Salvador's health ministry was able to circumvent its strict anti-abortion laws and allow the C-section because the pregnancy had passed the 26-week mark.

Beatriz, who had suffered from lupus and kidney failure, is now in stable condition, says the health minister. "She's in good hands, being looked after well." A rep for an abortion rights group says she faced unnecessary suffering, reports Reuters. Last week, the Inter-American Court on Human Rights ruled that the abortion should be allowed, but that ruling came as El Salvador settled the issue with the C-section plan.

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Jun 8, 2013 8:02 PM CDT
This hysteria over abortion has no sound reason behind it other than religious superstition. The mother's life should always be the first thing consiodered especially if she already has a family with children. It's time to get over the nonsense about abortion. Mind your own business and don't get one if you don't want one.
Jun 5, 2013 1:45 AM CDT
They effectively aborted the baby only with an exceptionally higher amount of effort, suffering and pain to all involved.... Yeah that made sense.
Jun 4, 2013 7:46 PM CDT
Thank you to the doctors...men of science...the triumph of science over religion....