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Paraguayan Government Fails 11 Year old Rape Victim

Abortion Rights, the UK’s pro-choice campaign, strongly condemns the Paraguayan government’s treatment of an 11-year-old rape victim, who was first denied a termination and will now undergo an induced labour because of the extreme damage a full-term pregnancy would cause to her undeveloped body.

Every time a woman is forced to continue a pregnancy against her wishes, it is an act of violence, but the circumstances here are particularly appalling and show the rank disregard for women and girls embedded in anti-abortion beliefs and legislation.

Although it is too late to save this young girl from the extraordinary harm that has been done to her, Abortion Rights calls on the Paraguayan government to respect the human rights of women and girls by allowing them legal access to terminations.