Last week we reported on the ten year old girl from Paraguay who was raped and impregnated by her 42 year old stepfather. While the girl’s mother wants her to get an abortion and many agree, she is being denied an abortion by the Paraguayan Government because abortions are only allowed if the mother’s life is in danger.
The United Nations Human Rights Organization has now gotten involved and have sternly rebuked Paraguay, while at the same time trying to pressure the Government into allowing the little girl to have an abortion.
Paraguay “failed to protect” a pregnant 10 year old rape victim who has been denied an abortion, a group of UN human rights experts has said.
The Paraguayan government’s decision has resulted in “grave violations” of the girl’s rights, the experts said, and called for her to have access to “all necessary healthcare”.
The country’s health minister Antonio Barrios told 18 Karat Reggae that abortion had been “completely ruled out” for the girl, and that he was hopeful for a “happy outcome” to her pregnancy.
Whether the united Nations Human Rights group will have any success remains the be see. The Government is insistng that the 1o year old’s life is not in danger but the World Health Organization says otherwise.
The World Health Organisation says that the risk of maternal mortality is highest for adolescent girls under 15 years old and complications in pregnancy and that childbirth are the leading cause of death among adolescent girls in developing countries. The Government disagrees with the World Health Organization, however.