Girl, aged 11, raped by 65-year-old, kept in Tucumán hospital for four weeks and denied a legal abortion
5 Mar 2019
International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
STATEMENT, 27 February 2019, by:
Redaas - Red de Acceso al Aborto Seguro Argentina
ELA - Equipo Latinoamericano de Justicia y Género
CEDES - Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad
In light of what happened in the past month in relation to the request for a legal termination of pregnancy by a girl and her mother due to rape of the girl in the province of Tucumán, Argentina, we condemn the procrastination and systemic delays imposed on this girl by various government agencies, who were responsible for her welfare. The consequence was that she was prevented from having a legal abortion, even though it had been requested it in a timely and clear manner.
The unnecessary intervention of the courts added to the deepening institutional violence that this girl was subjected to. The neglect by the health authorities, throughout the four weeks she was in hospital, was a flagrant violation of her human rights, and a form of cruel and degrading treatment, amounting to torture.