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Brazil: Raped 11-year-old girl faces second pregnancy

A few months ago, the case of a 10-year-old girl who was raped and became pregnant and a magistrate prevented her from getting an abortion at 22 weeks of pregnancy created a stir in the country.



Courtesy | According to Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, the girl dropped out of school after giving birth

An 11-year-old girl who was raped again in Teresina, the capital of Brazil’s Piave province, is pregnant for the second time.

The girl was 10 years old when she became pregnant after being forcefully raped by a 25-year-old relative. Under Brazilian law, abortion is permitted in rape cases, when the mother’s life is at risk, or if the fetus has anencephaly.

But the girl’s mother did not authorize the abortion, as she considers it “a crime”, and in September 2021, she gave birth to her child, who is currently being cared for by the minor’s grandmother.

According to Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, after the baby was born, the girl dropped out of school and ended up in a foster home, where her pregnancy was discovered because of her poor relationship with her parents.

“A Fear, A Shock”

“She didn’t menstruate, didn’t withdraw and was behaving suspiciously. We took her to the maternity hospital and did an examination and it turned out she was three months pregnant. It was a scare, a shock,” Renata Becerra, a counselor at the foster home, told the newspaper.

Again, the paternal uncle accuses the mother of abusing the girl by refusing to allow the mother to have an abortion. Authorities have registered a case and are investigating, and no arrests have been made at this time.

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For his part, Besarra was against the parents’ decision. “The woman has already had a trauma in her first pregnancy and she is not in a position to take care of another child,” he stressed.

A few months ago, the case of a 10-year-old girl who was raped and became pregnant and a magistrate prevented her from getting an abortion at 22 weeks of pregnancy created a stir in the country.

Media and social pressure caused by the story allowed the pregnancy to be terminated.

According to data from the Brazilian Yearbook of Public Security, 35,735 cases of sexual violence against children under the age of 13 were registered in the country in 2021. In most cases, the attacks were carried out by relatives, close friends or “trusted persons”.

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