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Seriously ill woman expecting a baby with anencephaly has waited a month to learn whether she can have an abortion

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2814 (Published 30 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2814
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

One month after doctors filed a request, El Salvador’s Supreme Court has failed to rule on whether a woman at risk of dying because of a pregnancy can have an abortion.

The 21 year old woman, known only as Beatriz, is 20 weeks pregnant and risks dying. She has systemic lupus erythematosus, renal failure, and pre-eclampsia. The fetus has anencephaly, local media reports said, and is likely to die before it …

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