10-year-old raped girl forced into dangerous childbirth by Paraguayan government


This video from the USA says about itself:

Raped 10 Year Old Won’t Be Allowed An Abortion

2 May 2015

“A 10-year-old girl in Paraguay, who is five months pregnant after being raped by her stepfather, had been denied an abortion that could save her life.

The child was admitted to hospital with stomach pains and doctors later discovered she was 22-weeks pregnant after being raped by her stepfather, Amnesty International said.

The charity said despite the high risk of the pregnancy and her mother’s request, she has not been allowed to have an abortion.

Her mother’s request to abort the child was not granted by authorities in the South American country as abortion is illegal. The girl’s mother is now in custody facing charges of breaching duty of care and being an accomplice of sexual abuse.”

Read more here.

In Paraguay, there is a far Right government, based on a coup d’état against a democratically elected president.

Here is one of the horrible results of that; from daily The Guardian in Britain:

To make a 10-year-old give birth isn’t just horrifying – it’s life threatening

Jessica Valenti

A child raped by her stepfather in Paraguay is being denied an abortion, despite the high risks involved in carrying the pregnancy to term

Tuesday 5 May 2015 10.00 BST

Would anyone in their right mind think it reasonable that a 10-year-old carry a pregnancy to term? This is not a thought experiment but the horrible story of a real child in Paraguay: raped by her stepfather and now denied an abortion.

According to Amnesty International – which is leading the charge to obtain an abortion for the child – the young girl’s condition became public when she went to the hospital complaining of stomach pain and was found to be 21 weeks pregnant.

“The physical and psychological impact of forcing this young girl to continue with an unwanted pregnancy is tantamount to torture”, Guadalupe Marengo, Americas Deputy Director at Amnesty International said in a statement. (In fact, the United Nations has declared lack of access to abortion at any age a form of torture.)

Paraguay has very strict laws on abortion – the procedure is only permitted when a person’s life is at risk. There are no exceptions for rape or incest.

Antonio Barrios, the Health Minister of Paraguay, said: “there is no indication that the health of the [girl] is at risk … therefore we are not, from any point of view, in favor of the termination of the pregnancy”.

There are so many levels of horror here it’s hard to know where to begin but this, perhaps, is the most baffling: in what universe is a 10-year-old delivering a child not a risk to her life?

Childbirth is a risky enterprise for a healthy grown woman – a woman of reproductive age in Paraguay for example, has a one in 310 chance of dying from from complications from labor. For a child, the risks are exponentially worse.

Children’s bodies are not meant to give birth. Dr Dalia Brahmi, the Director of Clinical Affairs at Ipas told me: “It is cruel to force a 10-year-old girl to carry her pregnancy to term”.

Dr Brahmi, who once worked at the World Health Organization in the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, told me: “very young adolescents [under 15 years old] have a high risk of eclampsia, infection, preterm birth and intrauterine growth restriction” compared to adult women.

The dangers are clear – and it takes a whole lot of magical thinking or straight up denial to think otherwise. Pregnancy for a child risks not only her emotional and mental health, but her physical health and possibly even her life.

Paraguay’s decision to remain the course has nothing to do with the actual risk to the child involved, but is all about their adherence to an antiquated, tortuous law that would rather see a child’s life at risk than admit their anti-abortion policies are too strict.

If those who would see this young girl give birth are truly pro-life, whose life are they concerned about? Because it’s certainly not the ten-year-old at the center of this story who is being forced to carry her rapist’s baby to term.

This anonymous young girl – this child – has already been violated by a member of her family. Must she be violated by her country as well?

17 thoughts on “10-year-old raped girl forced into dangerous childbirth by Paraguayan government

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  2. Dear friends,

    A 10-year-old girl in Paraguay was reportedly sexually abused by her stepfather for years. She appealed to the authorities for help but they did nothing to protect her. Now pregnant and being forced to have the baby, she needs our help.

    Every day in Paraguay, two girls between the ages of 10 and 14, give birth to children conceived as a result of rape. It’s an epidemic. The law could give access to abortion in these cases but government officials refuse to allow it. Now the tragic case of this 10-year-old girl has dropped a global media bombshell that is forcing them to reconsider.

    On Tuesday, Congress will review this law and open up discussion to citizens. This is the chance to change everything for this 10-year-old and ensure that no young girl has to fight this battle again. Click to join the campaign — we’ll deliver our voices directly on to the floor of Congress, demanding that the law be applied to this girl and children like her, who most need to have a choice.

    https://secure.avaaz.org/en/paraguays_choice_loc/?bHFhfab&v=58529

    Article 109 of the Penal Code allows for the termination of pregnancy where it puts the life of the mother in danger. The Paraguayan Health Minister has refused to apply this law to children, even though the World Health Organisation clearly categorises child pregnancies as dangerous and potentially life threatening. Girls under 15 are 5 times more likely to die of birth complications than older teens and women. It’s a sobering statistic and it should allow for this 10-year-old and other young girls to receive relief.

    The UN slammed the government’s failure saying that Paraguay’s denial of an abortion “results in grave violations of the rights to life, to health and to the physical and mental integrity of the girl”. It never should have come to this. The 10-year-old girl — so small that even pregnant, she weighs just 34 kg — sought help from her stepfather’s abuse, reporting it in January of 2014. The government did nothing and she was forced to continue living with him.

    This girl didn’t have a choice in being attacked by her stepfather. She didn’t have a choice about living day in and out with her rapist. She didn’t have a choice in getting pregnant. But if the government applies the law, she should have a choice over what happens next with her own body. And at this stage, that is the least of what should be done for her.

    https://secure.avaaz.org/en/paraguays_choice_loc/?bHFhfab&v=58529

    This awful situation is undeniably heartbreaking. But our voices together represent hope that things can be different both for this girl and for the thousands like her. Let’s join together now to turn this tragedy into change for a better future.

    With hope and determination,

    Dalia, Oli, Danny, Emily, Ana Sofia, Oscar, and the rest of the Avaaz team

    MORE INFORMATION

    Paraguay rebuked over pregnant child rape victim (BBC)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-32698371

    The horrific child rape case that is tearing Paraguay apart (The Washington Post)
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/05/11/the-horrific-child-rape-case-that-is-tearing-paraguay-apart/

    Paraguay senator says pregnant 10-year-old denied abortion ‘became a uterus’ (The Guardian)
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/may/10/paraguay-pregnant-10-year-old-abortion-senator

    Man arrested in Paraguay over alleged rape of stepdaughter whose case prompted abortion debate (ABC)
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-10/paraguayan-man-arrested-over-rape-of-stepdaughter/6458352

    Paraguay: UN experts deplore Government’s failure to protect 10-year-old rape survivor (UN News Centre)
    http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=50826

    Like

  3. Dear friends,

    A 10-year-old girl in Paraguay was reportedly sexually abused by her stepfather for years. She appealed to the authorities for help but they did nothing to protect her. Now pregnant and being forced to have the baby, she needs our help.

    Every day in Paraguay, two girls between the ages of 10 and 14, give birth to children conceived as a result of rape. It’s an epidemic. The law could give access to abortion in these cases but government officials refuse to allow it. Now the tragic case of this 10-year-old girl has dropped a global media bombshell that is forcing them to reconsider.

    On Tuesday, Congress will review this law and open up discussion to citizens. This is the chance to change everything for this 10-year-old and ensure that no young girl has to fight this battle again. Click to join the campaign — we’ll deliver our voices directly on to the floor of Congress, demanding that the law be applied to this girl and children like her, who most need to have a choice.

    https://secure.avaaz.org/en/paraguays_choice_loc/?bHFhfab&v=58671

    Article 109 of the Penal Code allows for the termination of pregnancy where it puts the life of the mother in danger. The Paraguayan Health Minister has refused to apply this law to children, even though the World Health Organisation clearly categorises child pregnancies as dangerous and potentially life threatening. Girls under 15 are 5 times more likely to die of birth complications than older teens and women. It’s a sobering statistic and it should allow for this 10-year-old and other young girls to receive relief.

    The UN slammed the government’s failure saying that Paraguay’s denial of an abortion “results in grave violations of the rights to life, to health and to the physical and mental integrity of the girl”. It never should have come to this. The 10-year-old girl — so small that even pregnant, she weighs just 34 kg — sought help from her stepfather’s abuse, reporting it in January of 2014. The government did nothing and she was forced to continue living with him.

    This girl didn’t have a choice in being attacked by her stepfather. She didn’t have a choice about living day in and out with her rapist. She didn’t have a choice in getting pregnant. But if the government applies the law, she should have a choice over what happens next with her own body. And at this stage, that is the least of what should be done for her.

    https://secure.avaaz.org/en/paraguays_choice_loc/?bHFhfab&v=58671

    This awful situation is undeniably heartbreaking. But our voices together represent hope that things can be different both for this girl and for the thousands like her. Let’s join together now to turn this tragedy into change for a better future.

    With hope and determination,

    Dalia, Oli, Danny, Emily, Ana Sofia, Oscar, and the rest of the Avaaz team

    MORE INFORMATION

    Paraguay rebuked over pregnant child rape victim (BBC)
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-32698371

    The horrific child rape case that is tearing Paraguay apart (The Washington Post)
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/05/11/the-horrific-child-rape-case-that-is-tearing-paraguay-apart/

    Paraguay senator says pregnant 10-year-old denied abortion ‘became a uterus’ (The Guardian)
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/may/10/paraguay-pregnant-10-year-old-abortion-senator

    Man arrested in Paraguay over alleged rape of stepdaughter whose case prompted abortion debate (ABC)
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-10/paraguayan-man-arrested-over-rape-of-stepdaughter/6458352

    Paraguay: UN experts deplore Government’s failure to protect 10-year-old rape survivor (UN News Centre)
    http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=50826

    Like

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