Raped 10-year-old’s pregnancy fuels Argentina abortion debate

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Raped 10-year-old's pregnancy fuels Argentina abortion debate

25 May 2018

The pregnancy of a 10-year-old girl raped by her stepfather has shocked Argentina, where debate on decriminalizing abortion is in full force ahead of a congressional vote next month.

The child was found to be 21 weeks pregnant when she was taken to hospital with stomach pain.

continued: https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/world/2018-05-25-raped-10-year-olds-pregnancy-fuels-argentina-abortion-debate/

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Baranyai: Strict abortion bans harm girls forced to give birth

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Baranyai: Strict abortion bans harm girls forced to give birth
The fate of one individual can galvanize public sentiment. So it is with the widespread tragedy of children forced into childbirth

Robin Baranyai
Published on: March 30, 2018

Statistics of tragedy can become meaningless; the scope of suffering, vague. Yet the fate of one individual can galvanize public sentiment – three-year-old Alan Kurdi, drowned escaping the conflict in Syria, or Kim Phuc, Vietnam’s “napalm girl.”

So it is with the widespread tragedy of children forced into childbirth. Every year, worldwide, two million girls aged 14 and under have babies themselves, because they don’t have access to safe, legal abortion.

Continued: http://lfpress.com/opinion/columnists/baranyai-strict-abortion-bans-harm-girls-forced-to-give-birth

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Ireland – Investigation Launched After 12 Year Old Girl Travels Abroad For Abortion

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Investigation Launched After 12 Year Old Girl Travels Abroad For Abortion
Fiachra Johnston
March 29, 2018

The Gardaí and the Child and Family agency Tusla, are currently investigating the case of a 12 year old girl, who reportedly travelled to the UK to receive an abortion. It is believed she was provided aid by the Abortion Support Network (ASN), with authorities notified by the clinic in question after questions about the age of the girl were raised on her arrival. First reported by the Sunday Times, ASN founder Mara Clarke stated that 52 girls under 16 used its service last year, and that at least two thirds of them were from the Republic of Ireland. As stated by the 8th Amendment to the Constitution of Ireland the termination of pregnancies is not legal within the country.

Continued: http://www.universityobserver.ie/news/investigation-launched-after-12-year-old-girl-travels-abroad-for-abortion/

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PARAGUAY – Child who was pregnant following sexual abuse dies from complications of delivery

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PARAGUAY – Child who was pregnant following sexual abuse dies from complications of delivery
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Mar 27, 2018

The death of a 14-year-old rape victim who has died during childbirth in Paraguay has been in all the news media there. The girl had been hospitalised for 20 days, initially for a urinary tract infection, which was followed by other complications when she went into labour. Yet doctors were still attempting to deliver the baby vaginally until she suffered respiratory complications. They then attempted an emergency caesarean section, but the girl suffered an amniotic fluid embolism and three successive cardiac arrests and then she died.

The director of the National Hospital of Itauguá told local media: “It was very sudden. They attempted advanced resuscitation in intensive care, but could not save her. Her body was not ready for a pregnancy.” However, the girl’s family believe that her death was caused by medical negligence. They say the doctors insisted she give birth vaginally even though it was a high-risk pregnancy.

Continued: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/paraguay-child-who-was-pregnant-following-sexual-abuse-dies-from-complications-of-delivery/

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First Study on the Incidence of Abortion Among Ethiopian Adolescents Released

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First Study on the Incidence of Abortion Among Ethiopian Adolescents Released
Improved Access to Safe Abortion Has Benefited Adolescent Women

March 14, 2018
News Release

A new study finds that adolescent women have benefited greatly from the 2005 expansion of Ethiopia’s abortion law that gave them access to safe, legal abortion services. “Playing it Safe: Legal and Clandestine Abortions Among Adolescents in Ethiopia,” conducted by researchers from the Guttmacher Institute and Ipas, documents for the first time legal and clandestine abortion rates among Ethiopian adolescents (aged 15–19), and the severity of abortion-related complications in this age-group. The study found that adolescents are more likely than older women to obtain legal abortion services, and that complications from unsafe abortion are just as severe among adolescents as they are among other age-groups.

Continued: https://www.guttmacher.org/news-release/2018/first-study-incidence-abortion-among-ethiopian-adolescents-released

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25% of Nigerian adolescents are sexually active — NURHI

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25% of Nigerian adolescents are sexually active — NURHI
Published November 16, 2017

Concerned by the spate of unsafe sex by adolescents in the country, an NGO, the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative, says there is a need for increased information about unsafe sex to reduce the consequences.

According to the NGO, current studies indicate that about one-quarter of Nigerian adolescents are sexually active, with the age of sexual debut ranging from 10 to 15 years.

Continued at source: http://punchng.com/25-of-nigerian-adolescents-are-sexually-active-nurhi/

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India: Uncles guilty of raping niece, 10, who was refused an abortion

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Uncles guilty of raping niece, 10, who was refused an abortion
TWO brothers who raped their 10-year-old niece have been convicted of the horror crime - nine months after she was denied an abortion.

By Simon Osborne
PUBLISHED: Thu, Nov 2, 2017

A fast-track court in India found the men guilty of rape and warned them they both faced life sentences.

The girl, from Chardigarh, Punjab, did not realise she was pregnant and her parents only found out when she complained of a stomach ache.

The Indian Supreme Court denied her the right to an abortion in July when she was 30 weeks pregnant as the national law does not allow terminations after 20 weeks unless the mother's life is in danger.

Continued at source: http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/874501/chandigarh-punjab-india-uncles-raped-niece-10-refused-abortion-baby

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USA: Teen detained after crossing border fights to have abortion

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Teen detained after crossing border fights to have abortion

By NOMAAN MERCHANT, Oct 10, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) — Advocates for a pregnant 17-year-old girl held in a Texas facility for immigrant children who have crossed the border alone are asking a federal judge to allow her to get an abortion, over the opposition of U.S. and state officials.

A federal magistrate judge in San Francisco has scheduled a hearing Wednesday on a request filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, which accuses the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services of refusing to let the girl be taken for the procedure.

Continued at source: https://apnews.com/09e4bfbd94424ae2badeb1c4cd351b9b

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Malaysia: Getting the message across

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Getting the message across

Letters
Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017

WHEN parents find out that their 17-year-old school-going daughter is pregnant, the reaction would most probably be anger followed by murderous rage, more anger and then a feeling of failure before they finally settle down to decide how to deal with the situation and the stigma that comes with it.

Abortion may be one option they would consider. Some might finally accept the circumstances and try to marry the girl off. In other situations, relatives or others may be brought in to take care of the girl until the baby is born, and it would most probably be given up for adoption.

Continued at source: http://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/letters/2017/09/27/getting-the-message-across/

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India: Rape Survivors’ Right to Abortion: Are Doctors Listening?

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Rape Survivors’ Right to Abortion: Are Doctors Listening?
By Padma D. and Sangeeta R.
Sep 8, 2017

Recent amendments to the rape laws have made it mandatory for all hospitals to provide immediate treatment to survivors of rape. An abortion is an essential element of such care.

What is the ethical and legal responsibility of doctors when it comes to abortion for pregnant rape survivors? Credit: Reuters

The news of rape survivors, especially children, being denied abortion has been in the public eye for some time. First it was a ten-year-old rape survivor, 28 weeks pregnant, and the second was a 13-year-old child, 26 weeks pregnant, both reaching medical institutions/doctors but being turned away by the medical system owing to the advanced stages of pregnancy. Both appealed to the Supreme Court to seek permission for abortion. The court did not allow an abortion for the ten-year-old child, compelling her to proceed with the pregnancy, while the 13-year-old child has been allowed to terminate the pregnancy.
Continued at source: https://thewire.in/175257/rape-survivors-right-to-abortion/

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