11-Year-Old Rape Victim Forced to Give Birth After Being Denied an Abortion

A little girl in Paraguay has just been victimized a second time by being forced, at age 11, to deliver her rapist's baby. She gave birth in a Red Cross hospital in Paraguay by C-section and the mother and baby are both resting.

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The girl was raped at 10 by her stepfather. She and her mother sought an abortion but were denied because Paraguay bans abortion for all reasons, except when the mother's life is in danger -- despite international protest from all sorts of human rights watchers.

And so, this tiny girl was forced to deliver the child of her rapist after being failed by a mother unable to protect her, a predatory stepfather, and a government influenced by powerful religious groups. Doctors say there were no complications during the delivery, but a statement from the girl's attorney Elizabeth Torales tells you everything you need to know.

"The baby doesn't yet have a name," Torales said.

Now the stepfather sits in jail awaiting trial and her mother has been charged with negligence ... and this little girl and her grandmother will keep and raise the baby.

Where's the justice in that?

If you think this is a story that could only happen in some far-off South American outpost, think again. Last week's Fox News GOP primary debate pitted Republican candidates against one another, all vying to prove who was willing to go the farthest to protect the life of a fertilized egg over that of a mother.

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Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, and Marco Rubio all came out against abortion under any circumstance -- even if the mother's life is in danger, a position even more radical than that of Paraguay. Huckabee says he wants fertilized eggs to have Bill of Rights protections. It's lunacy.

The UN and Amnesty International are saying forcing this girl to birth this baby amounts to a "Human Rights Violation." Are we really that far off from American girls being put in the same position?

No one thinks abortion is something to be taken lightly -- even the staunchest pro-choice advocates. But having the option to make the choice to terminate a pregnancy isn't just a way for a woman, or little girl in this case, to control her own destiny, it allows her to make the best choices for future generations to come.

For now, our thoughts are with a little girl recovering from traumatic surgery and faced with a life of caring for her rapist's child in front of her. It's hard to imagine an 11-year-old dealing with that kind of pain. It makes the political positions of fetus fetishists like Huckabee, Walker, and Rubio seem all the more craven.

Let's just hope the American people demand more protection for their girls in the 2016 elections than the people of Paraguay.

 

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