Pregnant 10-Year-Old is at the Center of the Abortion Debate

Suzanne Murray
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Flickr photo by Champagne_mo
A battle is brewing in Mexico. A 10-year-old girl there is 17 1/2 weeks pregnant, raped by her stepfather. He's been arrested, but the battle is just beginning. You know, the Big One. The one about abortion.

While abortion is legal in Mexico's capital city, it's banned or significantly restricted in most of the country's states. The girl's home state of Quintana Roo allows abortion in cases of rape -- but only during the first 90 days of pregnancy. The 10-year-old is about a month beyond that.

Abortion rights supporters say she wasn't informed of her rights.

Yes, this will be a big battle. Politicians will get involved. Churches. Doctors. Parents. Abortion rights supporters. Abortion rights opponents. I can already hear their battle cries.

But this is a story about a little girl. A little girl who was raped by her stepfather. A little girl who probably can't understand her pregnancy. A little girl who may not be able to comprehend an abortion or being a mother.

This little girl could be your daughter, or mine.

We can debate for hours about what she should or shouldn't do. We can espouse ideologies and throw around big words and exchange pat phrases. To what end?

No matter what happens, no matter who "wins," this little girl has lost too much already.

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