- Luz Patricia Mejía GuerreroChair, Inter-American Commission On Human Rights
- Dra. Alba Luz RamosJudge
- Dr. Manuel MartinezPresident, Supreme Court of Justice
- Ing. Ana Julia BalladaresPresident, Commission on Women
- José PallaisCommission on Justice of the National Assembly
- Cro. Samuel SantosChancellor
- Dr. Guillermo GonzalezMinister of Health
- Daniel Ortega Saavedra Rosario MurilloPresident of the Republic of Nicaragua
- Felipe GonzálezVice-Chair, Inter-American Commission On Human Rights
- Dr. Francisco RosalesPresident of the Constitutional branch of the Supreme Court of Justice
Nicaragua Anti-Abortion Law Amounts to a Death Sentence
A pregnant 27-year old Nicaraguan woman, "Amelia," with metastatic cancer has been denied medical treatment on the grounds that it might harm her baby.
Nicaragua passed a draconian anti-abortion law in 2008 which criminalizes abortion even in the case of rape or incest or when the mother's life is in danger. Nicaraguan doctors are prohibited from treating pregnant women with cancer, HIV/AIDS, malaria and cardiac diseases, and threatened with prison sentences for providing health services or information related to abortion.
Amelia has effectively been handed a death sentence by her government. Each day she is denied treatment, she edges closer to death; in a tragic irony, she will most likely die before the baby is even born. Her 10-year old daughter will be left without a mother, since the Nicaraguan government values the life of an unborn fetus over that of a mother.
Please ask Luz Patricia Mejía Guerrero, Chair of the Inter-American Commision on Human Rights, to urgently petition Nicaragua's government to allow Amelia treatment and overturn this brutal law, which not only prevents women from receiving essential health services to save their lives but also forces rape and incest victims as young as ten years old to carry their pregnancies to term. And tell Nicaragua's president and other Nicaraguan authorities on health, justice, and women's issues that the international community is watching and not to commit this egregious abuse.
Nicaragua's government must be told that this law is an egregious violation of women's most basic human rights.
- Chair, Inter-American Commission On Human Rights
Luz Patricia Mejía Guerrero
Dra. Alba Luz Ramos
- President, Supreme Court of Justice
Dr. Manuel Martinez
- President, Commission on Women
Ing. Ana Julia Balladares
- Commission on Justice of the National Assembly
Cro. Samuel Santos
- Minister of Health
Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez
- President of the Republic of Nicaragua
Daniel Ortega Saavedra Rosario Murillo
- Vice-Chair, Inter-American Commission On Human Rights
- President of the Constitutional branch of the Supreme Court of Justice
Dr. Francisco Rosales
A pregnant 27-year old Nicaraguan woman is currently being denied treatment for metastatic cancer under the country's draconian anti-abortion law. This law, passed in 2008, criminalizes abortion even when the pregnancy threatens the health of the mother or occurs as a result of rape or incest.
The law prevents doctors from giving treatment to pregnant women with life-threatening diseases such as malaria, cancer, HIV/AIDS, or cardiac problems. This is effectively a death sentence for many women such as Amelia. Amelia is the mother of a 10-year-old girl, and it is criminal for a government to deny Amelia basic health services and to orphan her young daughter.
Nicaragua's anti-abortion law violates women's most basic human rights. The international community is watching, and action must be taken immediately to get Amelia access to life-saving cancer treatment and to overturn this law. With each day that passes under the law, Amelia and other women with life-threatening illnesses edge closer to death. We are calling upon international human rights to act immediately to change this egregious situation, and demand that Nicaragua take action to save Amelia's life.
Nicaragua must overturn this law and allow women their basic human right to life-saving medical care.
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