For months, doctors had warned the woman, Beatriz, who has lupus and related illnesses, that as the pregnancy progressed, she could become seriously ill or even die. The fetus, they said, had anencephaly, a birth defect where parts of the brain and skull are missing, and almost no chance of survival. The A.P. reported that Beatriz, who has asked that her last name be withheld to protect her identity, was recovering in the hospital and that her baby daughter was born without a brain.
Beatriz’s case has convulsed the region, which is known for having some of the world’s most stringent abortion laws, particularly Chile, El Salvador and Nicaragua, which have bans on the procedure. Other countries in the region have been moving toward changes in recent years.
In a 4-to-1 ruling last Wednesday, the country’s Supreme Court denied an appeal from Beatriz, citing the country’s legal “absolute impediment to authorize the practice of abortion.”
Right now she’s recovering, but we don’t know what her health is really like now. Let’s just hope for the best.
“Pro-life” realities again, everybody! This is awful, for a second there I thought she was actually going to rightfully be allowed to have an abortion. Guess not. At least she lived.