According to Amnesty International, United Kingdom, a 10 years old child was denied abortion in Paraguay by the country’s tough anti-abortion law, despite pleas from doctors and Amnesty International that her body could not bear a child and would endanger her life if the pregnancy is not terminated.
The mostly Roman Catholic South American nation has a tough anti-abortion law with no exception even for those who are raped. Meanwhile, Amnesty International has launched an international campaign on behalf of the minor for the sake of saving her life. Amnesty International reported quoting from the UN data, that girls aged 10-14 make up 2.13% of maternal deaths in Paraguay. Two births a day are from girls under 14.
It has been a medical fact that a young child will be unable to bear a baby and the pregnancy can endanger the life of the child. This is concurred with the World Health Organisation and health professionals around the world who all agree that pregnancy poses specific risks to young girls whose bodies are not fully developed. And the girl’s mother agrees! This week she submitted an administrative plea to the hospital requesting that her 10-year-old daughter be given an abortion. Unfortunately all signs point to this having been ignored – according to latest reports, the 10-year-old is due to be sent to a center for young mother.
The campaign to appeal to the country’s President and Attorney General is available at Amnesty International website. CLICK HERE!