Thursday 27 October 2016

Abortion plea for pregnant 10-year-old girl

Published 30/04/2015 | 22:00

Girl (10) is pregnant
Girl (10) is pregnant

A 10-year-old girl should be allowed to have an abortion for the sake of her health, Amnesty International has urged.

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Rosalia Vega, director of the international rights group in the capital of Paraguay, Asuncion, told the Associated Press that the request had been made to the country's Health Ministry and Justice Department.

Authorities allege the girl was raped by her stepfather, who has fled. She was taken to a public hospital on April 21 complaining of abdominal pains and found to be 22 weeks pregnant.

Her mother's request to abort the child was not granted. Abortion in the poor South American country is illegal.

Domestic abuse makes young pregnancies a big problem.

According to health statistics, 680 Paraguayan girls between 10 and 14 years old gave birth in 2014.

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