Pregnant 11-Year-Old Can't Get Abortion in Chile
She may die if pregnancy goes ahead
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 6, 2013 2:05 PM CDT
Pro-choice demonstrators hold a banner that reads in Spanish 'Neither white, neither pure' during a protest against a court decision halting free "morning-after" pills in Santiago.   (AP Photo/Aliosha Marquez)

(Newser) – An 11-year-old girl in Chile is 14 weeks pregnant, the result of two years of sexual abuse by her mother's partner. Both the girl and the fetus are at risk of death if the pregnancy goes ahead, but in Chile, one of the most conservative countries in Latin America, abortion is prohibited, and so it must. The case has outraged many Chileans, who have taken to social media to demand leaders lift the ban for situations such as this, where a woman has been raped or her life is at risk, the AP reports.

Chile allowed abortions for medical reasons until 1973, when the practice was outlawed by Pinochet. Three bills that would have permitted abortions in cases of rape or health risks were rejected by the country's Senate last year, and the current president remains opposed to any changes. "The Chilean elite is very conservative and this has had an influence in Congress," says a Chilean political scientist. "Laws, therefore, change at a much slower pace than the rest of Chilean society. Because society is much less conservative than it was 15 or 20 years ago." One small sign of hope: There will be a presidential election in November, and one of the frontrunners, former president Michelle Bachelet, supports legalizing abortions for such cases.

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Jul 8, 2013 2:16 PM CDT
Again, the men are making the decisions on what happens to a female's body! This is an 11 year old little girl, who has been raped since 9: doctors have said the full term is dangerous...but men, in their infinite wisdom, have determined that this is OK.
Jul 7, 2013 12:35 PM CDT
Just more evidence that religion is a mental disorder. Better the girl die than give up the superstitious hogwash?
Jul 7, 2013 8:25 AM CDT
You mean abattoirs of the unborn humans is not a precondition for financial aid to Chile, as it is for so many other countries? But this "human rights" issue should help change that, as it has in other countries. Soon enough the unborn humans will be slaughtered in Chile as in most other places of God's good creation. Its so nice to read all the anti-Catholic hate speech of the caring and sensitive tolerant persons who were not aborted by their mothers. Meanwhile 41 school children massacred, some burned alive, by Islamists in Nigeria: Same Islamists who the US are funding and training to slaughter innocent civilians in Syria, as they did in Libya. Seems like the lefties like supporting the murder of the innocent. By the way, the "Rebel" Lung eater wants more heavy weapons, and a no-fly zone - like he got in Libya, Western Islamophiles, or he'll devour more human organs: “We will do worse than this if we don’t get help and no-fly-zone and heavy weapons,” said Khalid al Hamad, known by his nom de guerre Abu Sakkar, in an exclusive interview with the British state-run broadcaster, the BBC.