Uma Historia Severina (2005)
Anis Institute of Bioethics, Human Rights and Gender
?Anis is the only not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation in Latin America devoted to bioethics research, advocacy, and education.? This program raises the issue of abortion in the case of a child with anencephaly. Brazil does not allow abortion except to save the life of the mother and in circumstances of rape. In July 2004 the Supreme Court authorized abortion in the case of anencephaly; on October 20, 2004, the order was cancelled. Severina was in the hospital awaiting her abortion the next day. She and her husband Vado spent the next three months petitioning to be allowed to end her pregnancy. Ultimately that request is granted but she is forced to labor without medication to relieve pain because the anesthesiologists on duty do not support the parents? decision. Their much wanted child is born dead after a thirty-two hour long labor. Severina's Story: Severina had her destiny changed by a Supreme Court [Brazil] decision. Four months pregnant with an anencephalic fetus, she was in the hosptial at the very moment the Supreme Court cancelled the authorization to interrupt the pregnancy. It was october 20, 2004. Severina, a farmer from the small city of Cha Grande, Brazil, wife of Rosivaldo and mother of Walmer, spent three moths going from courts to hosptals and back to courts, trying to find someone who would help her to stop all that suffering. The documentary put her tragic story on the screen, telling about the long"day after" that the judges of the Supreme Court never witnessed." [description from DVD case] Uma Historia Severina: Severina teve seu destino alterado por uma decisao do Supremo Tribunal Federal. Fravida de quatro meses de um feto sem cerebro, ela estava internada no hospital na mesma tarde em que o tribunal cassou a permissao para interropmer a gestacao. Era 20 de outubro de 2004. Plantadora de brocolis de Cha Grande, em Pernambuco, muther de Rosivaldo a mae de Walmir, Severina peregrina pro foruns e maternidades por tres meses. Pede que the abreviem o sofrimento. O docum,entario testemunha essa trajetoria severina - conta o longo dia seguinte que os ministros nao acompanharam.
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