Abortion Advocates: Boycott Cancun Because 11-Year-Old Didn’t Get Abortion

International   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 5, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Abortion Advocates: Boycott Cancun Because 11-Year-Old Didn’t Get Abortion

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 5
, 2010

Cancun, Mexico (LifeNews.com) — Abortion advocates want a boycott of Cancun, Mexico because they say local officials did not do enough to ensure an 11-year-old girl was pressured into having an abortion. The girl was a victim of sexual abuse but she decided to have the baby saying she knew she couldn’t take a human life.

Abortion is currently legal in Mexico City but not in other states.

The girl, raped by her stepfather, lives in state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan peninsula and most Mexican states allow abortions for rape, incest and protecting the life of the mother.

However, news reports indicate the girl, was past the 90-day deadline the law requires. Abortion advocates say the girl was not notified of the ability to get an abortion and they called on international authorities to intervene on her behalf. Still, local news reports indicate the girl’s mother would not have approved of the abortion anyway.

Now, they are calling on tourists to boycott Cancun because of the case of the girl, known only as Amalia.

Maria Eugenia Romero of the Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, is heading up an online campaign in English, Spanish and French asking tourists to stay away from Cancun because of the dustup.

"We are going to tell them not to visit Cancun because in Quintana Roo state they violate the rights of women and children," she told the Washington Post. "We are going to tell them they would be better off choosing some other tourist destination."

The Post also indicates the pro-abortion activists want the government to be forced to pay the girl a settlement as the state of Baja California did in the case of Paulina Ramirez, who was 13 when state officials said she could not get an abortion after sexual abuse.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights eventually awarded her $33,000.

However, reports indicate Amalia explained she understands, “a life is growing in her womb" and didn’t want an abortion.

CNA indicates the girl is receiving medical attention at a local clinic and has responded well to psychological tests saying she understands she has a unique human being she can give birth to or kill in an abortion.

Lizbeth Gamboa Song, director of the National System for the Comprehensive Development of the Family, told CNA, “She understands what happens before a pregnancy, she knows her womb will grow, she knows at some point her water will break, and she knows how the baby will be born."

“She does not yet fully realize the consequences of what it will mean to raise and care for a child” because of her young age, although adopted could become a consideration.

The girl is currently in the custody of state protective services and the stepfather has been arrested while the investigation continues.

Meanwhile, state lawmaker Maria Hadad is telling news outlets the girl should be able to get an abortion because of alleged physical and mental health risks of giving birth — even though most studies show abortion cause far worse problems for women.

The Mexico capital city approved legal abortions in 2007 and the response from pro-life advocates in states like Quintana Roo has been strong.

Most Mexican states, including Quintana Roo, have approved amendments to their state constitution calling for more legal protection for unborn children from abortion.

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