El Salvador's Supreme Court has denied a young woman’s request to have an abortion even though her doctors say she needs it to save her life.
El Salvador's strict anti-abortion laws may cause the mother, who goes by the name Beatriz, to lose her life and the life of her baby.
"We cannot appeal the case because this was the last step, the Supreme Court," said Victor Hugo Mata, Beatriz's lawyer.
Beatriz’s doctors have told her that she will likely die giving birth because she suffers from a number of severe and complicated illnesses. The doctors have also told Beatriz, 22, that her unborn child will most likely live only a few hours, CBS News reported.
"They [the Supreme Court] were not convinced this is the way... they are saying Beatriz is not in danger and she must pursue the natural way of delivery and we must see what happens," said Mata. "It isn't just an abortion, it is a necessity.”
He added: “The court placed the life of the ... baby over Beatriz’s life. Justice here does not respect the rights of women."
The young woman pleaded her case in a video she uploaded on Vimeo. "I don't want to do it but I know the child won't live and I think it is the only way to save my life,” she says in Spanish during the clip.
Beatriz is 26-weeks pregnant and she becomes more at risk for problems with each passing day. Three separate sonograms have shown that Beatriz is pregnant with an anencephalic fetus.
"The baby will only live a couple of hours because he has no brain, no mental activity. The baby is in very bad condition, no future to live. They [the doctors] must intervene as soon as possible, if they don't make an incision in the womb, she might die very soon," said Mata.