Denied Help, Woman Gives Birth on Clinic Lawn
Critics in Mexico say it's all about racism
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 9, 2013 6:30 PM CDT
Updated Oct 9, 2013 7:00 PM CDT
In this Oct. 6, 2013 photo, 29-year-old Irma Lopez talks to her children as her newborn son Salvador sleeps on her lap at her home in the town of Jalapa de Diaz, Mexico.   (AP Photo/Chema Alvarez)

(Newser) – Mexican officials are investigating after a woman gave birth in an unlikely place: the lawn outside a clinic that had denied her medical assistance. Irma Lopez, 29, says she and her husband walked for an hour to the clinic, but were turned away by a nurse who said she was "still not ready" to give birth. Well, Lopez's water broke about 90 minutes later and she gave birth while clutching a wall next door in pain, the AP reports. And a witness snapped a photo of it that ran under screaming headlines across the country (see the photo, with umbilical cord intact, at Medical Daily.)

Critics say Lopez was denied care because she's among the indigenous poor. "They are not being offered quality health services, not even a humane treatment," said a reproductive rights advocate in Mexico. The numbers bear that out: Mexican states with the most indigenous people have the worst maternal-death rates, by far. As for Lopez, she and her baby boy are healthy after receiving $30 in aid at the clinic. "I am naming him Salvador," she said, a name that translates as "Savior" in English. "He really saved himself."

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LuVGoSSIp
Oct 25, 2013 10:38 PM CDT
Sorry to say but all the Latin American countries have a BIG problem with the indigenous populations in their countries. Whether the governments want to admit it, it's known that they are all striving to be nations of the white race. If you are dark skinned (Indian or mixed black), you are treated like dirt. If you have white skin and light eyes, they want to multiply you. Huge problem in Mexico and neighboring countries. I think Argentina is known for being extremely discriminatory toward those who don't fit their European mold. Brazil and Argentina helped Nazis during the world wars for one main reason. To ensure that they would continue to have Europeans mix with their then mestizo or mulatto race. Brazil still has the majority of the population that is black or dark skinned (contrary to the belief or what they want you to believe) but Argentina is pretty much Europe in Latin America. Anyway, the point is that this is an ongoing problem in those countries. They give the indigenous populations no other reason but to seek a better life in the United States. They are so discriminated in their native countries just because of what color their skin is. Sound familiar? We have the same prejudices but at least we don't let them work for 2 pesos and have babies on a lawn. It's so sad. They didn't mean to be born darker than the "wanted" white race and it's AWFUL that they are being punished for it. Despicable!
Honestinwilkesbarre
Oct 13, 2013 3:11 PM CDT
Universal Health Care at work.
HMD-SMD-ITY
Oct 12, 2013 10:45 AM CDT
Mexico continually reduces spending on health because of the ES LA LEY laws of the USA. Repeal ES LA LEY and you solve the problem. Force all Mexicans to return to Mexico for medical services and you solve a huge part of the debt ceiling and the US budget deficit. It costs the US trillions to provide free medical services to illegal aliens. Don't believe me, do a CEU rotation at any ER, neonatal, or pediatric unit. You will see Latinos have flooded our public funded hospitals with unpaid medical cases.