Date: 11 May 2013 Please sign these petitions and increase the public pressure on the government
Beatriz, the 22 year old El Salvadorean, is still waiting for her government to take action to save her life.
She is currently in hospital suffering from early-stage kidney failure, caused by her lupus, while pregnant with a fetus with anencephaly and whose life is unviable, according to expert medical opinion. Her doctors say that, with every day that passes, the risk to her life increases. The authorities have not yet responded to the appeal from her doctors to grant permission for her to have an abortion. El Salvador's Minister of Health, Maria Isabel Rodriguez, and her legal adviser have also written to the Supreme Court supporting the medical and constitutional basis of Beatriz's case
Last week the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court ordered a range of psychological and physical tests to be carried out on Beatriz by the Institute of Legal Medicine. The ILM opinion contradicted all previous assessments and recommended Beatriz continue with the pregnancy, yet four of the participating doctors had already expressed an opinion against Beatriz being allowed a therapeutic abortion. Her lawyers submitted an application to the Supreme Court on May 8, urging them to reject the ILM opinion on the grounds of bias and flawed process. Beatriz's lawyer says that this is the end, legal possibilities have been exhausted.
More signatures are needed.
Please write immediately in Spanish or your own language:
Urging the authorities to comply immediately with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights instruction of 29 April and provide Beatriz with the necessary medical treatment, in accordance with her wishes and as recommended by her doctors, in order to save her life;
Urging them to ensure immediately that health professionals are able to give Beatriz the treatment she needs, without any risk of criminal prosecution;
Urging them to decriminalise abortion in all circumstances and ensure women and girls have safe and legal access to abortion services necessary to preserve their life or health, or if they are pregnant as a result of rape.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 05 JUNE 2013 TO:
Presidente de la República de El Salvador
Alameda Dr. Manuel Enrique Araujo, No. 5500
San Salvador, El Salvador
Fax: +503 2243 6860
Salutation: Dear President/ Estimado Sr. Presidente
Fiscal General de la República
Fiscalía General de la República
Calle Cortez Blanco Poniente, #20, Urbanización Madre Selva 3, Antiguo Cuscatlán, La Libertad.
San Salvador, El Salvador
Fax: +503 2246 4950
Salutation: Dear Attorney General/ Estimado Sr. Fiscal
and copies to:
The Citizens' Group for the Decriminalisation of Therapeutic, Ethical and Eugenic Abortion
Fax: +503 2226 0356 (say "tono de fax")
Also please send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country.