Thursday, an 11-year-old girl in Paraguay who was a rape victim by his step father gave birth.
- The rape victim denied abortion after she was raped.
- Roman Catholic in Paraguay, only allows abortion when the mother’s health is in danger.
- The minor gave birth to a baby girl weighed 3.5kg via cesarean in a Red Cross hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay’s capital.
According to Elizabeth Torales, a lawyer for the girl’s mother, the girl who is a rape victim will remain under observation for 72 hours, she said there were no complications and both the mother and baby were resting. “The baby doesn’t yet have a name,” she said, who added that her client and the girl’s grandmother had requested custody of the infant.
The baby’s father, Gilberto Martinez Zarate, age 42, was taken into custody in May and is awaiting trial on rape charges. He could be sentenced to between 12 and 15 years in prison if convicted.The mother was also charged with negligence. UNICEF said girls in Paraguay are not protected from sexual predators. Amnesty International called on the government to repeal the country’s strict anti-abortion law.
Local Health statistics said, about 600 girls age 14 or under get pregnant each year in this country of 6.8 million people. Many people have called for stiffer penalties for abusers and the funding of education programs to help parents and authorities better spot signs of abuse.
The fact that the child survived “does not excuse the human rights violations she suffered at the hands of the Paraguayan authorities, who decided to gamble with her health, life and integrity despite overwhelming evidence that this pregnancy was extremely risky and despite the fact that she was a rape victim and a child.” Erika Guevara, Amnesty’s director for the Americas said.
The World Health Organisation says that the risk of maternal mortality is highest for adolescent girls under 15 years old and complications in pregnancy and childbirth are the leading cause of death among adolescent girls in developing countries.IMAGE/amazon.com