Nine Year-Old Girl in China Causes Shock, Gives Birth to Healthy Baby Boy
by Steven Ertelt
February 2, 2010
Changchun, China (LifeNews.com) — A nine-year-old girl in China is drawing national attention today because she gave birth to a healthy baby boy, making her one of the youngest mothers on record. The girl was brought to a hospital in this northeastern Chinese city and presented as more than eight months pregnant.
Two days later the unnamed girl gave birth to a boy weighing six pounds. Doctors performed Cesarean section on the little mother after she started having contractions.
News reports indicated the family refused to discuss the circumstances of the pregnancy but the girl was reportedly raped and the sexual abuse has been reported to the police.
A reporter with a Russian newspaper who reportedly obtained access to the hospital twice indicated the girl looked older than nine, but was not able to confirm that one way or the other.
China takes sexual violence seriously and any sex with a minor under the age of 14 is automatically considered rape and results in a long prison sentence.
That the girl would ultimately give birth is surprising given that hospitals in China regularly do abortions on young girls — with some reports suggesting 30 percent of all abortions are done on them.
The London Daily Mail indicates the Chinese girl is on par with two others who were very young and gave birth.
A 5-year-old in Peru reportedly gave birth in 1939 after becoming a victim of sexual assault and a 9-year-old, also in Peru, gave birth to a baby girl in 1957. Oddly, a third Peruvian girl aged 9 gave birth in 2006.
Several other girls aged nine, from Thailand, Singapore, Rwanda and Brazil, have also given birth, the Daily Mail indicated.
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