Protestors in El Salvador demand that Beatriz be given the right to have a life-saving abortion of her non-viable fetus. PHOTO: Amnesty International. Take action via Amnesty International for Beatriz here.
"We cannot appeal the case because this was the last step, the Supreme Court," said Victor Hugo Mata, Beatriz's lawyer to CBS News.
The Supreme Court of El Salvador, however, decided that they know better than Beatriz's doctors.
"They [the Supreme Court] were not convinced this is the way... they are saying Beatriz is not in danger and she must pursue the natural way of delivery and we must see what happens," said Mata.
Abortion isn't an easy issue, but this is an easy case. Beatriz will probably die if she brings her baby to term. The baby will die within a day of being born no matter what. The El Salvador Supreme Court's ruling puts Beatriz in sever danger. We don't call that murder, because murder generally involves killing someone more directly, but if Beatriz dies giving birth, we can place the blame squarely on the Supreme Court.
Hopefully this story ends with Beatriz finding her way to a less repressive country and getting an abortion. Hopefully the story teaches more people that abortions can save lives and should be legal, and at the discretion of a woman, her doctor, and whomever else she chooses to consult.