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

(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.

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.
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)
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We don't know what is happening, and the institution that is supposed to provide support and care for these minors hasn't been transparent. We're asking for accountability.
- Maria Luisa Sanchez Fuentes of the Information Group on Reproductive Choice.

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