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  1. Anoia
    Anoia June 10, 2013 at 11:43 am |

    There is an older, longer article on the practices in San Salvador here:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/09/magazine/09abortion.html

  2. Emily
    Emily June 10, 2013 at 2:46 pm |

    “But she was still legally compelled to undergo a more dangerous, invasive and complicated procedure — and forced to have her body suffer through declining health — so that ideologues could feel better about the intent of a more dangerous procedure that everyone knew would have the exact same outcome as an earlier, safer one.”

    Ugh! Yes, this. Making women suffer is not health care. It’s sadism.

    The number of Catholic hospitals in America (who will also be guided by the same ideology) scares me.

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  4. Calioak
    Calioak June 10, 2013 at 5:25 pm |

    Does freedom of religion include the right to main, sterilize, and kill other people? If not the Catholic hospitals are going to run out of rope at some point.

    Catholic Health Care West had to convert to dignity health and appoint non-Catholics to lead their board after the incident in Arizona. Personally as person if childbearing age with female reproductive equipment I’m not going to that hospital no matter what.

  5. Calioak
    Calioak June 10, 2013 at 5:25 pm |

    Does freedom of religion include the right to main, sterilize, and kill other people? If not the Catholic hospitals are going to run out of rope at some point.

    Catholic Health Care West had to convert to dignity health and appoint non-Catholics to lead their board after the incident in Arizona. Personally as person if childbearing age with female reproductive equipment I’m not going to a catholic hospital if I have any choice.

    1. Emily
      Emily June 10, 2013 at 8:31 pm |

      Personally as person if childbearing age with female reproductive equipment I’m not going to a catholic hospital if I have any choice.

      As a currently pregnant female, me neither!!!! I even carry a card in my wallet near my ID that says if I am injured, do not take me to a Catholic hospital. In case I’m found unconscious or something.

  6. Kristen from MA
    Kristen from MA June 10, 2013 at 6:06 pm |

    Beatriz had what I think of as a ‘Santorum abortion.’ But it shouldn’t have come to that.

    I wish her a speedy recovery.

  7. macavitykitsune
    macavitykitsune June 10, 2013 at 8:38 pm |

    I’m glad she’s alive, at least. I was getting pretty worried for a bit.

    I wish her all health and happiness with her husband and toddler, and a pox on all who believe as the people who hurt her do.

  8. Odin
    Odin June 11, 2013 at 10:09 am |

    I’m so relieved that Beatriz is all right, though it’s effing inhumane that they forced her to wait this long and undergo a c-section.

    I also think it’s inhumane to _require_ fetuses with fatal deformities to be born so they can die “naturally”. I know anacephilic fetuses can’t really suffer since they don’t have enough of a brain to process pain or fear, so in this case it doesn’t matter too much… but abortion bans like El Salvador’s mean there will be babies born with deformities incompatible with life who _will_ be able to suffer, and that’s all they’ll ever experience.

    It’s one thing if the parent(s) decide to carry to term or even induce early labor because that’s what they feel is best for their whole family (for moral reasons, or just getting emotional closure), but for the state to mandate infants be born to make sure they know only a brief life of suffering is dead wrong. Doubly so when it is in the name of “life”.

    Are there any US-based anti-choice groups that _supported_ Beatriz’s case for an abortion, rather than lying about her medical situation to claim she wasn’t at risk and her fetus had a chance at long-term survival? Even just a fringe vegan pacifist group that opposes abortion as part of their pacifist and vegan philosophy?

    1. Emily
      Emily June 11, 2013 at 11:38 am |

      but for the state to mandate infants be born to make sure they know only a brief life of suffering is dead wrong.

      I agree. And I know there is a world of difference between these situations, but it does kind of remind me, in a way, of what Kermit Gosnell did. In the sense of giving birth and creating life just for the sake of it dying. Perhaps someone smarter than me can comment on any similarities.

  9. Jerry
    Jerry June 11, 2013 at 11:37 am |

    Some people believe that suffering is noble. Not when it’s happening to them, of course.

    1. Rachel Tyrel
      Rachel Tyrel June 11, 2013 at 8:11 pm |

      This.

      The suffering of the Passion of Jesus Christ is used by some Catholics as a model of pennance, and is used as an example that all humans should embrace suffering on the chance that by suffering, they will be able to better understand the suffering of Jesus and will thereby find a sort of spiritual enlightment.

      This is one of the reasons that I never wish to go to a Catholic hospital ever again. Without fail, it seemed that the attitudes of the supposed “professionals” there was that I would not be so ill had I not been so sinful. Needless to say, I spent much of my time there with an eyebrow arched askance, as if to inquire, “You’re supposed to be a scientist. Do you believe in spontaneous generation, too? What is this, the Inquisition?”

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