Before getting to the text of this article, I observed the disturbing image of a lady giving birth on the grass with pain in her eyes. That lady is Irma Lopez and her newborn baby is Salvador. In Oaxaca, one of the poorest states in Mexico, a pregnant mother and her husband walked an hour in the dark to a clinic with the hopes of getting help to give birth. Despite the fact that she was fully dilated, the expecting mother was turned away. The couple was Mazatecs and could not speak Spanish so the only word they could properly understand was the word ‘no’. The nurses at the clinic argue that the issue at hand was simply a misunderstanding due to the language barrier and there was limited staff at the time. Nevertheless, the mother was left to give birth to her child alone while her husband went to beg for help. Not only was she alone but she gave birth publicly without any medical help.
While I read this article I was both disturbed and shocked that a clinic could turn away a mother in labor and ignore that fact that she was just feet away, still on the clinic property giving birth. Despite my disgust, I can connect this incident to both the lack of equality among the sexes and poverty in other countries. Many women die every year while giving birth. This proves that women are not offered proper medical attention especially when it comes to such a dangerous task like giving birth. Another thing I found shocking was the fact that Irma was not the first lady to give birth on the lawn of clinic. This causes me to believe that the live of a woman is not valued globally. Although the issue was addressed and made public, there is another woman in Oaxaca that did not receive justice for the pain and humiliation she went through. I connect this to poverty because in the US it is illegal to turn away someone who does not have the funds to pay for medical expenses. In other Oaxaca they may not have the money to take in every patient that needs attention.