.- In an attempt to pressure officials in Nicaragua to legalize abortion, feminist groups are drawing attention to the dramatic case of a pregnant woman suffering from cancer, arguing that the only chance of survival for âAmelia,â the fictitious name given to the woman, is to undergo an abortion.
Pro-abortion feminist groups, who have not released any further details about âAmelia,â claim âtherapeuticâ abortion is her only option and that she is being denied the procedure. They have sent letters to the director of the Escuela Oscar Danilo Rosales Hospital in the city of Leon, where the woman resides, to the Minister of Health, to the justices of the Supreme Court and to Nicaraguaâs president, demanding that abortion be legalized in the country.
Abortion supporters are led by Vilma Nunez, president of the Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights; Dr. Oscar Flores Vigil, president of the Nicaraguan Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics; Marta Maria Blandon, as well as other members of the âStrategic Group for the Legalization of Abortion.â
According to Carlos Polo, director of the Latin American Office for the Population Research Institute (PRI), this is another âfabricatedâ case created by the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York. âIts obvious to anyone who follows these cases presented by abortion groups in recent years that the âurgencyâ coincides perfectly with the political agenda of those supporting legalized abortion.â
Polo said that there have already been offers to help Amelia, âbut feminists are keeping her isolated.â
âThat they havenât given many details about the clinical history of Amelia is telling. They have given a version of the story in which the only possible option for saving her life would be through abortion,â Polo said.
âHonest medical science sees it differently,â Polo continued. âUptodate.com is a well-known medical information service and the information it offers on ovarian cancer treatment for a pregnant woman can be summarized as follows: In most cases of pregnant women with cancer, it is possible to treat the pregnant mother without seriously endangering the baby. It is rare that the womb needs to be removed in order to reduce the cancer if surgery is performed during pregnancy.â
âFinally,â Polo added, âending pregnancy early does not improve the prognosis for ovarian cancer. It has been shown that ovarian cancer can be cured through chemotherapy ...â
In an attempt to clarify the confusion created by feminists in the manipulation of the case of âAmelia,â the Nicaraguan Medical Association issued a statement noting that âit has been scientifically shown that in cases of gynecological cancer, pregnancy does not influence either the progression or the spread of tumors. Based on the clinical stage of the cancer, there are different options for her treatment in Nicaragua.â
In the case of âAmelia,â Polo said, there is no reason to submit her to an abortion. Abortion will not cure her cancer.
âIs it a coincidence that all of the main players surrounding âAmeliaâ all agree on the same point: âan abortion will save the life of the mother?' â¦ Youâd have to be pretty naÃ¯ve or have a serious case of amnesia to think that,â Polo stated.
He concluded saying that PRI follows up on these âfabricatedâ cases âin which the misery of poor women in Latin America is used to further the political agendas of New York NGOs. The motto of the PRI is âPut people first,â and we reject the manipulation of human suffering in the case of âAmeliaâ and other similar ones.â