n Uruguay, an 11-year-old girl is refusing abortion after becoming pregnant from rape. The girl reportedly has an intellectual disability and was raped by the 41-year-old grandfather of her half-sister.
Thankfully, in Uruguay abortion is illegal after 12-weeks and the girl is currently 16-weeks pregnant. However, medical documents reveal that the girl doesn’t understand the “consequences of pregnancy and motherhood” and one group in the country mentioned that abortion may be a possibility.
The director of Uruguay’s Child and Adolescent Institute (INAU), Marisa Linder, said, “Although the legal deadline for abortion has been exceeded, if we determine that the pregnancy endangers her health, judicial authorization could be granted.” The director of INAU’s health division, Monica Silva, responded and said that the girl is in good health. She added, “There is no risk of life for the girl or baby, so we cannot make her have an abortion.”
As LifeNews previously reported, Uruguay’s neighboring country of Paraguay had a similar case arise when a 10-year-old became pregnant from rape and her mother wanted her to have an abortion. In the pro-life South American country the mother’s request to abort the child was denied because abortion is only legal when the mother’s life is in danger.
The Health Minister of Paraguay, Dr. Antonio Barrios, said that abortion was out of the question since he girl is in her 23rd week of pregnancy. He said, “If there needed to be an abortion, it had to be before the 20th week.” According to ABC News, the ten-year-old will give birth via Caesarean section to prevent complications. The director of the hospital said that 14 girls between the ages of nine and 15 gave birth at the hospital last year and “they all came out fine.”
Although some pro-abortion activists have argued that making these young girls give birth is dangerous, abortion is much worse. In fact, during the first year following a late abortion (after 12 weeks) a woman has over three times the risk of death compared to giving birth. Additionally, this doesn’t take into account the psychological danger of abortion. A study in The British Medical Journal reveals that girls who’ve had one or abortion abortions are ten times more likely to commit suicide than those who never aborted.
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Of course, pregnancy is not meant to happen to children but neither is abortion. The truth is abortion will only traumatize the girl further and add another tragedy on top of an already horrific situation.