Abortion Fight Erupts Over Pregnant Girl, 10
Raped Mexican girl wasn't told she could abort
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2010 1:39 AM CDT
Anti-abortion activists protest Mexico's Supreme Court decision to uphold the capital's abortion law in 2008. Conservative factions continue to battle any liberalization of the abortion law.   (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

(Newser) – An abortion rights battle is heating up in Mexico, with activists claiming officials didn't tell a 10-year-old girl raped by her stepfather that she could abort her fetus. In the girl's state of Quintana Roo, abortion is only legal in cases of rape, and only during the first 3 months of pregnancy, which the girl passed a month ago. Quintana Roo authorities say the girl and fetus are healthy, but a state legislator warns that a pregnancy at that age is a risk to both.

The girl's stepfather has been charged with rape. The case is the latest clash between abortion rights advocates and conservative factions, backed by the Catholic church. Mexico City legalized abortion in 2007 during the first 3 months of pregnancy, but it's prohibited or severely restricted in most Mexican states, reports CNN.

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Apr 23, 2010 9:04 PM CDT
I made a website to help this little girl out! Let's all band together and find a way to send her money! www.saveherbaby.com
Apr 22, 2010 4:23 AM CDT
Can we at least abort the stepfather?
Apr 21, 2010 9:14 PM CDT
right to lifers only care about life as it develops in the womb. once you're out, you're a piece of shit who deserves nothing. i had a childhood friend who was the daughter of a preacher, very religious. she and her family refused to have the cat fixed as this was against god's will. yet every litter of kittens it had was tied up in a bag and river-bound. pathetic are the convictions of blind followers.