When El Salvador says abortion is banned under any circumstances, it means it. The Central American nation's Supreme Court has refused to allow a seriously ill pregnant woman terminate her pregnancy despite the fact that doctors say continuing the pregnancy will put her life at risk, and the fetus is missing all or part of its brain and has essentially no chance of survival. The 22-year-old woman, Beatriz, suffers from lupus and kidney failure. A medical committee at the maternity hospital, the Ministry of Health and rights groups had supported her request to terminate, but the Supreme Court judges rejected her appeal four-to-one. Beatriz's supporters have condemned the ruling as "irresponsible."
UPDATE: A day after El Salvador's Supreme Court banned Beatriz from aborting her life-threatening pregnancy, the country's health minister, Maria Isabel Rodriguez,approved her appeal to terminate it via cesarean section. "The medical team at the [National] Maternity Hospital is ready to act immediately at the slightest sign of danger," Rodriguez said. "For me what matters is to protect Beatriz's life." [Source] [Source]