Induced labor OK for pregnant woman in El Salvador

Associated Press

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's health minister says the government has given permission to induce labor for a woman denied the right to terminate a pregnancy that her lawyers argue is putting her life at risk.

Health Minister Maria Isabel Rodriguez said Thursday the woman is going through a medical examination and that doctors "will act immediately" if there are signs that her life is in danger.

The 22-year-old woman suffers from kidney failure and lupus.

The Salvadoran Supreme Court ruled Wednesday against allowing the woman to terminate her pregnancy. Ultrasound images indicate that the fetus is developing with only a brain stem and is given no chance of surviving.

Salvadoran laws prohibit all abortions, meaning the woman and any doctor performing one would face criminal charges.

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