Welcome to a pro-life world

In El Salvador, a young mother pseudonymously called Beatriz is pregnant and dying. She has lupus and is facing renal failure; the fetus she’s pregnant with is anencephalic, meaning it has no brain and will not survive once born. If she dies, she will leave behind a husband and their toddler. With each passing day, she gets sicker and sicker, and the chances of death increase. She needed a termination weeks ago; more delays could pose significant hardships, as the probability increases that she will have to be on dialysis for the rest of her life — not a reasonable possibility for a poor woman living in rural El Salvador. But because El Salvador outlaws abortion under any circumstance, Beatriz cannot terminate the pregnancy that’s killing her.

This is what a “pro-life” world looks like. And indeed, even in this extreme case, religious and pro-life groups in El Salvador oppose allowing Beatriz to terminate:

The Archbishop of San Salvador José Luis Escobar, said, “it is my understanding that the mother of the child is not in an intensive care situation… For me, it is the baby in utero that is in more danger because there is a movement to terminate its life. Only God knows how long this baby that they want to kill will live.”

Anti-choice groups in the U.S. who are currently raising hell about late-term abortions supposedly killing babies are notably silent on this case, where pro-life laws are slowly killing a woman.

You can sign the petition at RH Reality Check to encourage the government to move quickly and save Beatriz’s life.

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Jill began blogging for Feministe in 2005. She has since written as a weekly columnist for the Guardian newspaper and in April 2014 she was appointed as senior political writer for Cosmopolitan magazine.
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24 Responses to Welcome to a pro-life world

  1. Emolee says:

    Tears. That is all I have right now.

  2. JBL55 says:

    This is not “pro-life” — it’s “pro-forced-birth.”

    • matlun says:

      Those are synonyms.

    • Anon21 says:

      Under these circumstances, it’s just anti-life. They can’t save the fetus, so they’ll kill the mother to make themselves feel better.

      • Willard says:

        it’s just anti-life

        Go Catholicism! Dying the “right” way is better than living in sin.

      • PrettyAmiable says:

        Can I just say – I grew up Catholic but am now an atheist. This is one of the hardest things for me as someone who genuinely does not believe there’s a God – lives are completely wasted, and there’s no pay off in the end, as far as I believe.

    • Brian A Earley says:

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  3. EG says:

    it is the baby in utero that is in more danger because there is a movement to terminate its life.

    As if this asshole isn’t part of a movement to terminate Beatriz’s life. May he suffer the way she is suffering.

    • IrishUp says:

      Who Would Jesus Torture?

    • Miriam says:

      That quote is the most disgusting because first, Archbishop Escobar is simply wrong about the risk to Beatriz and second, the fetus has no chance at life. Not a minimal chance, but no chance. At most, the fetus will breathe and survive a day or two outside of the womb. An anencephalic fetus is not viable.

      So Archbishop Escobar is condemning a woman to die because he can’t be half-arsed to know or care about the reality of the situation.

  4. wanttobeanon says:

    So sickening.

  5. IrishUp says:

    If people are not familiar with the organization, International Planned Parenthood Federation has been following “zero tolerance” abortion laws in Latin America for some time.

    They also have a petition going. You can also read more about El Salvador’s laws there.

  6. Jamie says:

    Remember, kids: don’t ever interfere in God’s plan. If God wants you to die, you die! Now go back to wearing those clothes that required interference to create and eating that food that required interference to raise and man I can’t even continue, it’s just so fucked up and dumb.

  7. Donna L says:

    May he suffer the way she is suffering.

    That’s pretty much how I feel. I’m not a pacifist either.

  8. Anoia says:

    If she dies they can declare her a saint like Gianna Beretta Molla. Ugh. Disgusting POS.

    There is a longer, older article about San Salvador and its forced-pregnancy policies here:

    • KristinMH says:

      At least Gianna Beretta Molla chose to continue her dangerous pregnancy. It was a dumb choice but she did have the option to get an abortion and live. Beatriz won’t be canonized because she is not willingly laying down her life for a fetus with no brain.

  9. It is beyond tragic and a lesson to women in United States to kick the crazies on their butt.

    I wrote a post today about how pro-lifers are hijacking gendercide in China and India to push their own agenda.


    Basically people doing sex-selective abortions share values with pro-lifers: they don’t believe women have any right to choose.

    • Donna L says:

      I agree with your sentiments, but it’s really not cool (specifically, it’s ableist) to use the term you did to refer to these people.

  10. Brian A Earley says:

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  11. I want there to be a Hell. And I want it exclusively populated by forced-birthers, child molesters and rapists. Is that okay? Can I have that?


  12. Maki P says:

    I saw one of those around here in Costa Rica recently. Look I love my country to bits, and I love our sister countries; but they don’t always make it easy. I think In-Vitro Fertilization is still illegal here because of Religion, I am fucking serious.

  13. MashBengal says:

    I re-read this over and over again and all I can think of is facing the person denying me the abortion and telling them to come here so I can pry out their brain and see if they will still be alive.

    This is truly a sad situation, and when logic is overruled by morality, it’s even worse.

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