Beatrice wants to live

Originally written in Spanish by SRHR activist/blogger Ramón Torre Cañal ‏ @Ramon_Torre_C

Beatrice lives in a small town in El Salvador, is 22 year old and a little over a year that draws attention to any child asks at that age. In reality, your child calls even more attention as he suffers from several serious diseases that caused it was not released until after 38 days of birth. Beatriz had one of those high-risk pregnancies with multiple diseases and complications, but eventually she and her son managed to get ahead.

Beatriz five months ago is pregnant again and again, your pregnancy is full of complications. Their are so many diseases that doctors have predicted a high risk of dying if the pregnancy continues. But also, this time, the fetus is anencephalic, lacking much of the skull and brain, so almost certainly die within hours or days after birth.
In this situation, Beatrice takes over a month asking for a therapeutic abortion. An abortion to save her life and give your child the opportunity to have a mother born. A medical intervention in 99% of countries in the world would be unquestionable, but in El Salvador can be assumed that, after saving her life, Beatriz enter in jail for 30 years and the staff that help run the same fate.
The medical team has asked the authorities to allow them to save the life of Beatrice. The Minister of Health, the Ombudsman and to the head of the United Nations system in the country have been asked to be allowed to save her life Beatriz later there without legal consequences for her and the health professionals. Women's organizations and feminist take weeks denouncing this situation. Actually take years.
In El Salvador, as well as in five other countries in the region (Chile, Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican Republic and Haiti), abortion is prohibited under any circumstances. Under any circumstance.
It was not always so. In 1998, the alliance of right-wing government with the Catholic Church and fundamentalist organizations successfully introduced in the Penal Code strictly forbids abortion , thus dumping the grounds permitted under the previous Code of 1973, under which abortion was not punishable if done to save the life of the mother, in cases of rape or to avoid serious presumably deformity. This penal reform was ratified a year later when the country adopted an amendment to its Constitution in which El Salvador recognized the human person from the moment of conception . Thereafter, it generated a whole practice of state persecution directed by the Ministry of Justice to prosecute those women with induced or spontaneous abortions. Although Article 133 of the Criminal Code states that a person who causes an abortion and who does it, shall be punished with imprisonment of two to eight years, the systematic evidence actually transform the Attorney usually aggravated murder offense, and are accused to 30 years imprisonment .
The January 17, 2002, Karina suffered severe pain and as he went to the bathroom, where he lived a painful childbirth without medical help, or anyone, suffering a severe hemorrhage that produced fainting. On hearing her family moments later, decided to take her to the nearest hospital to save his life, where doctors determined that he had attended an abortion provoked. Since then, the wife of 22 years, went from being a patient to an abortion and then suspected of murder. It took seven years in prison for the enormous commitment of Salvadoran women's movement achieved freedom of Karina.
As Karina, tens of thousands of women have gone through this situation in El Salvador since 1998. One of the most striking cases was that of Sonia Esther Tabora . The February 17, 2005, at a measly coffee plantation, Sonia felt pain and there it was about to bleed to death. His family called police to her transfer to a health center and, after an hour of waiting, Sonia led agents to a doctor who complained. During the trial, Sonia was first accused of the crime of abortion and later of aggravated murder and allegedly breached duties of care with their newborn daughter, who was carrying the product of a seven months pregnant. The result was a sentence of 30 years in prison.
Tabora Sonia finally was released in August 2012, again thanks to the commitment of feminist organizations, the only ones who seem to care that the Salvadoran government continues persecuting, torturing and imprisoning women. TheAssociation Citizens for the Legalization of Abortion, Ethics and Eugenics   recorded in 2012 that at least 24 womenremained in circumstances similar to those of Sonia Tabora. Women prisoners for years, with hefty sentences after trials doubtful, based on prejudice, instigated by ultra religious people and organizations, and supported by legislation since 1998 criminalizes all forms of abortion.
The energy of these feminist organizations knows no limits or boundaries. The criminalization of all abortion rates was taken in 2007 before the Supreme Court of El Salvador and it eventually found that the prohibition of  abortion  in the country should be  balanced in favor of the rights of the pregnant woman  and left it to the discretion judges and legislators. According to the Court, the rights of women should include the three exceptions in the previous Penal Code, as were the cases of rape, fetal malformation, and risk of  life  of the mother. The prohibition of abortion, wrote, "does not imply the absolute suppression of all abortion, because of the freedom of the pregnant woman and the other rights that are involved . " However, the political and religious fabric of country left this account on hold and again feminist organizations resort again in 2011. This time, the Constitutional Court ruled against the plaintiffs and refused to declare unconstitutional section 133 of the Penal Code .
So the situation in the country, was resorted to international bodies. In October 2010, the Human Rights Committee of the UN, which monitors the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, described as "unacceptable" the absolute criminalization of abortion in El Salvador. Also, e n March 2012, the Group Citizens for the Legalization of Abortion, Ethics and Eugenics   , presented an international demand Salvadoran state for arbitrary detention and cruel American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) based on the violation of Manuela human rights (fictitious name), a Salvadoran woman of 33 years and mother of two children. Manuela died from cancer diagnosis he received in prison, accused of having caused an abortion and murder anyone who would be her third child. Although the cancer had begun to take his life two years ago, authorities, after learning the diagnosis, no Manuela disease associated with complications that led her to undergo an abortion. The hospital was immediately accused of having caused the abortion. She was taken to court where the judge ruled in the case stated that "maternal instinct should have prevailed" and "she should have protected the fetus." She was sentenced to 30 years and died in prison, without even knowing what he had done wrong.
On Saturday March 16 the Salvadoran government had a hearing before the Commission at which, without any justification, did not attend. At that event the Salvadoran government would dialogue on the situation of human rights in the country and the situation in which they live hundreds of Salvadoran women and girls affected by the violation of their sexual and reproductive rights.
And while the political framework, religious and media continues to turn, Beatriz dies in a bed. A few moments ago, was presented an appeal to the Supreme Court for Beatriz could live. This court ordered medical reports and gave five days later to get them. Meanwhile, fundamentalist organizations move their checkers and claim that this case is not so serious and is being manipulated by organizations "pro-abortion": " These organizations are not considering Beatrice, are exploited to achieve the dark purpose of legalizing abortion " . And with that, call the people and authorities to mobilize to prevent the abortion was legalized in the country. To prevent Beatriz can live.
Beatrice wants to live, but the decision is not in their hands. The decision lies with the judges of the country and the government of El Salvador, but also the responsibility is of most citizens of that State for more than 12 years have seen hundreds of women die or are imprisoned and have looked the other way intimidated by political and religious elite who just wants to preserve their privileges. And also the responsibility falls on the international community to agree that, in the XXI century, has states torturing their citizens with impunity.
Beatrice wants to live and international pressure to contribute to do so. Do not remain silent.
President of El Salvador: @ presidencia_sv
Citizen Group for the Decriminalization: @ AbortoPORlaVIDA