11-year-old Paraguayan rape victim has baby, sparks debate

An 11-year-old rape victim in Paraguay gave birth to a baby girl on August 13, stoking debate about abortion law in that country.

The former partner of the 11-year-old’s mother is accused of the rape.

The baby weighed 3.3 kilos and was born by caesarean section. Post-operative recovery is going well.

Paraguayan law permits abortion if a mother’s life is endangered.

In this instance, a panel including medical doctors, psychologists and judicial officials determined that the life of the girl was not at risk.

In June, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights asked that the Paraguayan government allow an abortion in this case.

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