Brazil Girl Who is Nine Years Old Has Abortion of Twins After Sexual Abuse

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 4, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Brazil Girl Who is Nine Years Old Has Abortion of Twins After Sexual Abuse

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
March 4
, 2009

Brasilia, Brazil (LifeNews.com) — A nine-year-old girl who became pregnant with twins after allegedly becoming a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of her father had the abortion of the two babies Wednesday.

The girl, from Sao Paulo and who has not been identified, was found to be four months pregnant when she was taken to a local hospital after complaining of stomach pains.

Sergio Cabral of the University of Pernambuco’s Amaury de Medeiros Integrated Health Centre indicated the abortion was done and that the girl is recovering.

He told the DPA news agency that the abortion was done with both the girl’s and her mother’s consent.

Abortion is illegal in Brazil, as it is in most of the other predominantly Catholic countries of South America, except in the rare cases when a woman is a victim of rape or incest or her life is in danger from the pregnancy.

"We understand that the girl fits both cases," Cabral said.

Doctors said they suggested the abortion because they didn’t think the girl’s young body would be able to handle the pregnancy. The babies were 15 weeks along at the time of the abortion today.

"We don’t know if she will develop the pregnancy up to the end because of the structure of her body. It is a big risk for her,” the doctor who confirmed her pregnancy , Jose Severiano Cavalcanti, told the Diario de Pernambuco newspaper. "She doesn’t have a pelvis able to support a gestation of twins."

The pregnancy wasn’t diagnosed until last week.
Marcio Miranda, an attorney for the Archdiocese of Olinda and Recife in northeastern Brazil, tried to stop the abortion by threatening a lawsuit against the girl’s mother.

"We regard this as murder. It is God’s law – thou shalt not kill," he told DPA.

Brazilian media say the young girl was raped at the hands of her stepfather, who is 23, and that he has abused the girl since she was six. He also allegedly abused the girl’s physically handicapped 14-year-old sister.

The man was arrested on Thursday as he attempted to flee to another region in Brazil and was being kept in protective custody.

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