Abortion denied to 10-year-old girl who was raped

Pro-life demonstrators protest against abortions and gay marriages near the CONMEBOL Convention Center in Luque, Paraguay. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno

In Paraguay, where Catholicism is deeply rooted in the culture, abortion is legal only if the mother’s life is in danger–and authorities are refusing to make an exception for a pregnant 10-year-old allegedly raped by her stepfather. “Right now, there is no reason to interrupt the pregnancy,” a minister of public health reportedly said; apparently the psychological costs of a child bringing an unwanted baby to term don’t count. The decision has provoked international outrage from feminist activists and human rights groups; a representative of Amnesty International told the Guardian that forcing the girl to go through with the pregnancy is “tantamount to torture.”

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