March for Beatriz throughout Latin America

Organizations and activists from different cities in El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador, among others, will march this March 8 for Beatriz.  

This is in addition to the efforts of more than 50 organizations, including Amnesty International, to demand justice for the young Salvadoran woman.

Organizations and women will march in different cities in Latin America this March 8 to demand that Beatriz obtain justice. Beatriz was a young Salvadoran mother of one son, living in poverty in a rural area of El Salvador and suffering from chronic degenerative diseases: systemic lupus erythematosus, lupus erythematosus, lupus nephropathy and rheumatoid arthritis. 

During a second pregnancy, the State of El Salvador ignored the indications of medical specialists and prohibited her from terminating the pregnancy, even though it would have taken her life and was unviable because the product had anencephaly, that is, it did not develop a skull or a brain. 

"Me, because of all this that is going on, I feel bad because they don't want to do it knowing that the child is not going to live at birth. I think the best thing would be for them to do it to save my life," Beatriz said in 2013 in an interview. 

After a battle of more than 80 days and the intervention of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR), the Salvadoran State allowed her to terminate the pregnancy, but her health was already seriously affected and years later she died after a motorcycle accident. 

For these violations of Beatriz's rights, the Salvadoran State will go to the IACHR Court for the second time. This March 22 and 23, a public hearing was convened in Costa Rica for the case of the young Salvadoran woman. 

At the same time, organizations and activists from different cities in El Salvador, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Argentina, Ecuador and others will take to the streets this Wednesday, March 8, shouting in chorus that Beatriz deserved to live and be happy.

This is in addition to the efforts made by more than 50 organizations to demand justice for the young Salvadoran woman, such as the Agrupación Ciudadana; Ipas Latin America and the Caribbean (Ipas LAC); the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) and the Feminist Collective, who accompanied Beatriz in her lawsuit in 2013 to ensure that her rights were respected and continue to support her family in the search for justice in the Inter-American Court. 

Other organizations that make up this movement for Beatriz are Amnesty International; Women's Equality Center (WEC); Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), Red de Acceso al Aborto Seguro de Argentina (REDAAS), Consorcio Latinoamericano contra el Aborto Inseguro (CLACAI), Somos Muchas and Jacarandas.

Fernanda Díaz de León, Ipas LAC's deputy director of Advocacy, said at a press conference that Beatriz's case shows the reality that many women live in countries that, like El Salvador, absolutely criminalize abortion.  

"We hope that the courage of Beatriz and her family will make visible the impact that the denial of abortion services has on the lives of these women; we hope that their courage will lead to changes in legislation that does not respect the sexual and reproductive rights of Latin American women," said the lawyer. 

The women marching this March 8, women human rights defenders and collitigating organizations hope that El Salvador will be condemned and that measures of non-repetition will be taken so that Beatriz's story does not happen again.


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