Following on the heels of another heart-breaking ‘babies having babies’ story in Mexico earlier this week, it’s been reported that a 12-year-old girl in Argentina has given birth to twin boys. The girl was 11 when she became pregnant, and only weeks into being 12 when she became a mom.
The babies were delivered by Caesarean section five weeks early, and police have launched a child abuse probe to apprehend the father. They’ve questioned two suspects so far, aged 16 and 20.
The girl’s aunt, who is only 14 herself, gave birth three months ago as well. I hope they are able to help each other, because I can’t imagine what it’s like to have your childhood ripped away from you like that. The trauma of sexual abuse, the physical strain of pregnancy, and the demands of motherhood -- it makes me want to cry thinking about those girls enduring all of it.
When I was a teenager, I know my mom worried that I would get pregnant, and I always thought it was because she didn’t want me having sex, and that would be proof, or didn’t want it to ‘look bad,’ but now that I’m a mom to two little girls, I know it’s more than that.
I want my daughters to grow up and leave their childhoods behind before they become mothers. I want them to be able to enjoy every stage of life that God gives them while they are in it, and not be forced to rush onto the next stage before they’re ready.
These girls have been put into situations they’re not prepared to deal with. No one is ever really prepared to become a mother, but 12-year-olds are barely prepared to be babysitters. My own 9-year-old still plays with dolls. I can’t imagine her having to be responsible for another human being.
I hope and pray that this little girl and her boys have people that will love them and help them. She’s not ready for this, and she’s going to need all the help she can get.
Do you think there’s a reason we’ve been seeing more of these stories lately?
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