Denied Abortion at 11 Years Old

An 11-year-old rape victim in Argentina was forced to give birth despite pleading with officials to “remove what the old man put inside me,” The Washington Post reported.

Enraged women’s rights activists say the girl and her mother repeatedly pleaded for an abortion, but the request was hampered by delays and political jockeying. Abortion is legal in Argentina in instances of rape and when the mother’s health is at serious risk.

The girl, known as Lucia, was raped by her grandmother’s 65-year-old partner and attempted suicide twice after learning she was pregnant. The baby, delivered by Caesarean section on Tuesday—23 weeks into the pregnancy—is not expected to survive.

“My legs trembled when I saw her,” said Cecilia Ousset, a doctor who performed the procedure, told the Guardian. “The little girl didn’t understand completely what was going to happen.”

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