Any time a young girl in a foreign nation is raped and becomes pregnant, abortion activists essentially ignore the rape and immediate push for the young girl to have an abortion. Rape is tragic and senseless enough without further harming a girl with the violence of abortion and destroying human life as a response to it.
In a new case, an 11-year-old girl has recently given birth to twins after she became impregnated after sexual assault. Abortion activists will almost assuredly use the case to press for Senegal to change its laws to legalize abortion. They will likely do nothing to provide for a girl like this, who needs tangible support like milk for the babies and support to go to school without facing bullying. If abortion activists spent less time pushing abortion andmore time tending to the needs of both mothers and children, they’d be doing something productive.
The girl herself, in an interview with the London Guardian newspaper, shows how she is more focused on prosecuting the rapist and caring for herself and her babies rather than worrying about if she had had the right to an abortion.
In an interview with the Senegalese women lawyers’ association, the girl, who has just turned 11, was asked whether she was pleased that the rapist – her neighbour – was in police custody. “No,” she answered. “I want him to be killed because he has stopped me from going to school.”
The girl gave birth in the seventh month of her pregnancy, on 21 February. The babies spent a week in an incubator and are understood to be in good health.
“I did not realise I was pregnant. My mother saw my body changing and because I was vomiting she took me to the hospital. In the last few months my head ached and I could hardly stand up.”
Asked what she remembered about the birth she said: “Nothing. I woke up and I realised I was not pregnant any more, and I saw the twins.
“The twins are fine, but they want a lot of breastfeeding, and I do not have enough milk. My mother buys milk at the pharmacy. We are able to buy it, thanks to donations from generous people and a pharmacist who is being very kind,” she said.
The girl’s mother, who sells vegetables at the market, said she had approached a female community leader for advice after doctors confirmed the pregnancy. Her moves to approach the state prosecutor were supported by legal volunteers. The rapist was swiftly taken into police custody, where he awaits trial.
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“Towards the end of the pregnancy she could not get up on her own at night and often panicked. Her father, from whom I am divorced, blames me. He says I have not brought her up properly, that’s why it happened. When I told him on the phone that the twins had been born he said, ‘I hear what you say’. Since then he has neither phoned nor come to see us.”
She asked the lawyers’ association to support the girl financially to allow her to continue her education. However, she said her daughter would need to change schools to avoid being bullied by other pupils.