A 12-year-old girl who was raped and impregnated in Guam can't have an abortion because there are no providers in the US territory
Jun. 6, 2019
A 12-year-old girl in the US territory of Guam who was allegedly raped and impregnated will have no choice but to give birth to the child — due to lack of abortion providers on the island.
Bureau of Women's Affairs Director Jayne Flores shared the girl's story with The Pacific Daily News. "It breaks my heart that the 12-year-old girl who got raped... has to have a baby," Flores said, adding that the man was recently charged in court. "It breaks my heart that that girl will have to go through with her pregnancy because there's no one on island that will help her."
No abortion providers on Guam
Jasmine Stole Weiss, Pacific Daily News
Published June 30, 2018
For years there were two doctors who performed abortions on Guam. One retired in 2016; the second doctor retired last month, leaving the island without any physicians who will perform abortions.
The lack of abortion providers on island may force women to go to great lengths or go through great risk to terminate unwanted pregnancies, according to attorney Anita Arriola, a longtime advocate for abortion rights.
Clinic no longer provides abortion services
Jamie Ward | The Guam Daily
June 23, 2018
The Guam Women's Clinic is no longer performing abortions, and apparently that leaves Guam with nobody who will perform one.
While the website for the Guam Women's Clinic still operates, and comes up as the first listing when "abortion services Guam" is Googled, a call to the number listed confirmed that Dr. William Freeman has retired and that Dr. Jeffrey Gabel, who's taken over the clinic, does not provide those services as Freeman did.