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Should 10-Year-Old Girl From Paraguay Be Allowed To Get An Abortion?

A 10-Year-Old girl from Paraguay was impregnated by her stepfather. She has requested an abortion but denied. Should she be allowed to get the abortion?

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Should 10-Year-Old Girl From Paraguay Be Allowed To Get An Abortion?  

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last 24 hours | bustle
A Pregnant 10-Year-Old Was Denied An Abortion By Paraguay, & Activists Are ... - Bustle
"...On a more positive note, the 10-year-old's tragic experience has in some ways brought hope to human rights campaigners in Paraguay and other Latin American nations governed by similar pro-Catholic policies. Paraguay's treatment of the child has brought the global abortion debate more attention than ever before and inspired a movement led by Avaaz, an online global campaigning organization, to have abortions decriminalized in Paraguay for girls less than 15 years old. Protesters based in Paraguay have also risen in unprecedented numbers and are making similar demands. However, Paraguay-based protesters have yet to demand full abortion rights regardless of age.Most Paraguay-based protesters are passionately marching to end the widespread sexual abuse of children. Andrea Cid, a UNICEF child protection officer, estimates that every day, two girls between the ages of 10 and 14 give birth in Paraguay, and in most cases, they are impregnated by relatives. Protesters specifically demand more severe penalties for sexually abusing children and may inspire more changes than any of the country's current abortion protests will given the rigid nature of Paraguay's pro-Catholic policy...." see full article

1282 days ago | lifenews
UN Wants Raped 10-Year-Old to Have Abortion, Pro-Life Law Protects Baby ... -
"...All of humanity would agree that rape is a horrific crime. Such is the case for the 10-year-old Paraguayan who was raped and impregnated by her stepfather.Regrettably, the international community, including the United Nations, is exploiting the situation, pressuring the fiercely pro-life country to allow for an abortion. Instead of focusing on the rapist who should be severely punished, the focus is to subject cruel and unusual punishment on two innocents: the child and her unborn child. The instinctive reaction that many people have to this terrible situation is to offer the young girl the false solution of abortion, said Father Peter West, vice president of missions for Human Life International. Truly, this begets another violation of her person and another trauma that she will have to live with for the rest of her life. ..." see full article

1307 days ago | theguardian
Mexico to Paraguay: Let a 10-year-old girl have an abortion - The Guardian

"...Restricting services does not prevent or even decrease the need for, or rate of, abortions. It simply ensures a two-tiered system under which women with money have options, while a little girl from Paraguay is forced to have her rapist's baby...." see full article

1311 days ago | theguardian
To make a 10-year-old give birth isn't just horrifying – it's life threatening - The Guardian

"...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...." see full article

1319 days ago | thinkprogress
10-Year-Old Rape And Incest Victim Denied An Abortion
"...Under international human rights law, reproductive rights are recognized as a critical aspect of reducing maternal mortality, and UN officials regularly call on countries with particularly harsh abortion bans to remove unnecessary restrictions on the procedure...." see full article

1320 days ago | bluenationreview
Paraguay Making a 10-Year-Old Rape Victims Ordeal Even Worse
"...There is no such thing as a low-risk pregnancy for a 10-year-old girl. If she carries the pregnancy to term, her life is in danger. Her mother wants her to get an abortion. She needs an abortion...." see full article

1320 days ago | thedailybeast
Raped 10-Year-Old Denied Abortion

"...Sadly, this case shares tragic similarities with another case being covered in local Paraguay news, of a 12-year-old girl impregnated by her father. Her stepmother saw signs of pregnancy and took her to the doctor, who confirmed it. The father is currently being held and could face 12 years in prison. What will happen to his daughter is not currently known...." see full article

1320 days ago | theguardian
To make a 10-year-old give birth isn't just horrifying it's life threatening

"...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?..." see full article

1320 days ago | thinkprogress
10-Year-Old Rape And Incest Victim Denied An Abortion - ThinkProgress
"...The current fight in Paraguay is putting a spotlight on the issues of incest and sexual assault plaguing very young girls, which significantly contributes to the rates of unintended pregnancy in this region of the world. According to government officials, about 680 Paraguayan girls between the ages of 10 and 14 years old gave birth last year, and many of those pregnancies were the result of sexual abuse perpetrated by their male relatives...." see full article

1320 days ago | amnesty
Article Paraguay: Raped 10-year-old must be allowed an abortion
"...Failure by the Paraguayan authorities to provide a safe abortion to a 10-year-old rape survivor could have devastating consequences on her health and will heap injustice on tragedy..." see full article

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