‘Dear reader, put yourself in the position of a child raped and denied an abortion’

‘Dear reader, put yourself in the position of a child raped and denied an abortion’

Esperanza Meraki

28 September 2018

I am a 14-year-old aspiring human rights activist and this is why I believe in women’s and girls' right to safe abortion in cases of rape.

Abortion is a very complicated topic, as there is no black or white; there is an infinite amount of shades of grey in between. Many people across the world are anti-abortion and pro-life. Some believe that abortion is murder and women should not be given that choice, but I believe this is problematic and unfair because there are many cases when a woman should have the right to terminate a fetus.

Continued: https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/esperanza-meraki/dear-reader-i-urge-you-to-put-yourself-in-position-of-child-who-has-been-raped

Indian court rejects abortion for 10-year-old rape victim

Indian court rejects abortion for 10-year-old rape victim

28 July 2017

India's Supreme Court has refused to allow an abortion for a 10-year-old girl, allegedly raped by her uncle, on the grounds that she is too far into her pregnancy.

A doctors' panel told the court that, at 32 weeks, termination of the pregnancy would be "too risky".

Her pregnancy was discovered two weeks ago when she complained of stomach ache and her parents took her to hospital. A lower court had earlier turned down her plea on similar grounds.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-40753409

India: 10-Year-Old Rape Survivor Can’t Have Abortion, Says Supreme Court

10-Year-Old Rape Survivor Can't Have Abortion, Says Supreme Court

Reported by A Vaidyanathan, Edited by Shuchi Shukla | Updated: Jul 28, 2017 16:28 IST

New Delhi: A 10-year-old raped by her uncle will not be allowed to have an abortion, the Supreme Court ruled today, rejecting the petition by a Supreme Court lawyer. The court said it was basing its decision on the assessment of doctors who said that a medical termination was not safe either for the girl or the foetus. She is 32 weeks pregnant.

The court had earlier this week asked doctors at Chandigarh's PGI to examine the girl to see if an abortion was safe. It has today ordered that proper medical care be provided to the girl child.

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India court hears 10-year-old rape victim’s abortion plea

India court hears 10-year-old rape victim's abortion plea

24 July 2017

India's Supreme Court has ordered doctors to examine a pregnant 10-year-old rape victim whose parents want permission for her to abort her baby.

The child is reported to be 26 weeks pregnant and doctors say her body is not developed enough to carry a baby.

Indian law does not allow terminations after 20 weeks unless doctors confirm the mother's life is in danger.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-40702252

India: Abortion plea for raped 10-year-old

Abortion plea for raped 10-year-old
Our Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, July 22, 2017

A lawyer has petitioned the Supreme Court to allow a 10-year-old "rape survivor" in her 26th week of pregnancy to abort the foetus "in the interest of justice, equity and good conscience".

Indian law bans abortions beyond 20 weeks unless there's an immediate threat to the would-be mother's life.

Alakh Alok Srivastava's petition, which is yet to be listed for hearing, says the girl's uncle had repeatedly raped her and that her pregnancy "has left many medical experts dumbfounded" because of her age. It adds that the girl's doctors have said her pelvic bones are not fully developed because of her age and, therefore, "tolerating a full-term pregnancy at this tender age is very risky".

Continued at source: Telegraph India: https://www.telegraphindia.com/1170723/jsp/nation/story_163412.jsp