11-year-old gives birth to girl in Paraguay

Nuestra Señora Santa María de la Asunción, Aug 13: An 11-year-old girl who was denied an abortion has given birth in Paraguay. Elizabeth Torales is the lawyer for the girl's mother. She says the minor gave birth to a baby girl via cesarean on Thursday.

Torales says there were no complications and both the mother and baby are resting. The girl allegedly was raped and impregnated by her stepfather when she was 10.


The stepfather has been arrested and is awaiting trial. The girl's mother has been charged with negligence. The mother requested an abortion for her daughter, but the government refused to allow it, drawing criticism from many groups, including UN human rights officials.

Paraguay bans abortion except when the mother's life is in danger, and local health officials said it was not. 


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