Denied abortion, 11 year old becomes mother to stepfather’s child

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Asuncion:11-year-old girl gave birth to a child after being denied abortion in Paraguay. According to Elizabeth Torales, the lawyer for the girl’s mother, the minor gave birth to a baby girl via caesarean method on Thursday. Torales says there were no complications and both the mother and baby are resting.

The girl allegedly was raped and impregnated by her stepfather when she was 10. The stepfather has been arrested and is awaiting trial. The girl’s mother has been charged with negligence. The mother of the girl had requested an abortion for her daughter but was denied. The incident drew criticisms from many groups including the UN human rights officials.

Paraguay bans abortion except when the mother’s life is in danger, but both were fine in this case.