Groups want asylum for Salvadoran who was refused abortion

The 22-year-old's life is endangered by the pregnancy

Rights groups on Thursday pressed the Spanish government to offer asylum to a 22-year-old Salvadoran woman who captured world attention after the Constitutional Court in her country denied her right to undergo an abortion, even though her life is endangered by her pregnancy.

The “Deciding Gives Us Freedom” platform, made up of 270 groups, asked the government to allow “Beatriz,” who suffers from lupus, to come to Spain.

For her part, Spanish Socialist Party secretary Elena Valenciano asked Salvadoran Ambassador Edgardo Suárez to intervene.

Abortion is currently illegal in El Salvador.

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