Martha Sulay Gonzalez

Martha Gonzalez or Martha Solay González ( Pereira , 1971 – Pereira ; November to June of 2007 ) was one woman Colombian whose staff, pregnant and situation cancer , resulted in the judgment C-355 of 10 May 2006 of the Court Constitutional of Colombia that allowed abortion in Colombia , until then illegal, in three specific situations: malformation of the fetus, pregnancy due to rape, or when the life of the mother is in danger. 1 2 3 4

Case of Martha Sulay González

In 2005, against all odds, since Martha Sulay had had a tubal ligation in order to have no more children – she was already the mother of three daughters – she became pregnant. By the fourth week of pregnancy and a routine gynecological examination she was found to have cervical cancer in the early stages requiring chemotherapy to save her life. He requested -for evidence that the chemotherapy treatment would end the pregnancy-the termination of the pregnancy and was denied the illegality of the procedure at that time -2005. She requested radiation therapy , but was denied because this treatment would also have ended with her pregnancy. The pregnancy continued and gave birth to her fourth daughter, by then the cancer had metastasized into several organs and did not admit of treatment. 1 2 5 6 7

Judgment C-355 of the Court Constitution of 2006

See also: Abortion in Colombia

Martha Sulay Gonzalez continued to demand the legal changes required to legally access abortion induced in Colombia and that her case would not recur. The public disclosure of his case and the legal claims filed by lawyers Mónica del Pilar Roa López , Pablo Jaramillo Valencia and Marcela Abadía Cubillos, Juana Dávila Sáenz and Laura Porras Santanilla against the unconstitutionality of several articles of the Criminal Code Act of 2000- Concluded in the ruling of Constitutional Court C-355 of May 10, 2006, legalizing induced abortion in Colombia in three cases: malformation of the fetus, pregnancy due to rape, or when the life of the mother is in danger . 8 9 10

The sentence did not serve Martha Sulay, it was too late, the disease was very advanced. He died on June 11, 2007 at the age of 37, leaving 4 orphaned mothers – Jenny, Valeria, María José and Daniela. 11 12 13


  1. ↑ Jump to:a b A humble pereirana could not abort, although she had cancer, and now she has no cure. Weather
  2. ↑ Jump to:a b Died in Pereira Martha Solay González
  3. Back to top↑ Martha Sulay opens debate on abortion. The case of Martha Sulay González, the pereirana who was not treated for a cancer because she was pregnant, provoked a whole debate in the medical world for the interpretation of the Penal Code in regard to abortion, El Tiempo, March 28, 2006
  4. Back to top↑ Abortion reform penalizes use of contraceptives, in The New Century, 11/27/2011
  5. Back to top↑ “Abortion Adds to Colombia’s Election Turmoil”, Women’s E-News , May 2006
  6. Back to top↑ Inter-Press Services article on the González case
  7. Back to top↑ Documentary on the Gonzalez case from The Current (radio program)
  8. Back to top↑ SENTENCE C-355/06, Reference: files D- 6122, 6123 and 6124 Lawsuits of unconstitutionality against Arts. 122, 123 (partial), 124, modified by Art. 14 of Law 890 of 2004, and 32, numeral 7, of law 599 of 2000 Penal Code. In Mayor’s Office of Bogota
  9. Back to top↑ Judgment C355 – Resist and emancipate, Andrée Viana Garces, Ibero-American Constitutional Forum, Year 2005-2006. # 12
  10. Back to top↑ The situation of abortion in Colombia within the Latin American context, Ana Cristina González, Cad. Saúde Pública, Rio de Janeiro, 21 (2): 624-628, Mar-Apr, 2005
  11. Back to top↑ In the flesh, Monica Roa, who became the visible leader of the process that ended with the liberalization of abortion under special conditions in our country, reflects a year later on what happened , 2008
  12. Back to top↑ Martha Sulay, Ni Una Mas !! , June 15, 2007
  13. Back to top↑ Daughters of women who symbolized the struggle to decriminalize abortion already have a house. Valeria, María José and Daniela, aged 8, 7 and 3, daughters of Martha Sulay González will have their home in the neighborhood of Parque Industrial de Pereira, El tiempo