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Nicaragua prevents treatment of pregnant cancer patient

Friday 26 February 2010, by siawi2

Source: guardian.co.uk, Tuesday February 23 2010

from Rory Carroll, Latin American correspondent

Nicaraguan authorities have withheld life-saving treatment from a pregnant cancer patient because it could harm the foetus and violate a total ban on abortion. A state-run hospital has monitored the cancer spreading in the body of the 27-year-old named only as Amalia since her admission on February 12 but has not offered chemotherapy, radiotherapy or a therapeutic abortion… The case has revived controversy over the 2007 law which made Nicaragua one of the few countries to prohibit abortion under any circumstances. (...)