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El Salvador’s Supreme Court continues to stall on lifesaving abortion case

El Salvador's Supreme Court has still not ruled to allow a critically ill woman access to lifesaving abortion care, despite petitions from the woman and her family, medical professionals, El Salvador's Ministry of Health, reproductive rights activists and international human rights groups.

The court has only issued a temporary directive that the woman, identified only as Beatriz, be given "necessary medical care" while they consider her petition for an abortion. But time is short, as Amnesty International Human Rights Project Coordinator Kathryn R. Striffolino told Salon on Thursday:

What it comes down to is that -- while the government is debating this, while the court is debating this, every minute that goes by -- Beatriz is suffering cruel and inhumane treatment. She is reaching the five month mark and the court has yet to rule.

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