Target: Dr. Antonio Barrios, Minister of Public Health and Welfare
Goal: Allow legal access to a safe abortion for a ten-year-old girl raped by her stepfather.
A ten-year-old girl in Paraguay has been denied access to a medically-necessary abortion. This denial of services is in violation of both Paraguayan law and international human rights standards. Sign the petition and demand that the girl be granted access to a legal and safe abortion.
The girl was admitted to Trinidad Maternity and Children’s hospital after complaining of stomach pains. An examination showed that she was twenty-one weeks pregnant as the result of being raped by her stepfather.The head of the hospital has publicly acknowledged that the girl’s pregnancy poses a significant health risk due to her age, and the World Health Organization (WHO) also recognizes the immense risks involved in such a young child carrying a pregnancy to term.
However, days after the head of the hospital spoke out, the Public Ministry ordered that the girl be transferred to a different hospital. She has also been referred to a center for young mothers, despite the fact that her mother has requested that she be allowed access to an abortion.
Paraguay’s restrictive laws prohibit abortions even in cases of rape and incest. However, they do allow for abortions if there is a significant risk to the health of the mother. Ten years old is far too young to bear a child. Sign the petition and demand that authorities in Paraguay provide this young girl with full access to a safe abortion.
Dear Minister Barrios,
I am writing to demand that a ten-year-old rape survivor in Asunción be granted immediate access to a safe and legal abortion. Time is of the essence and the lack of progress on her case thus far is disheartening and, more importantly, illegal. I urge you to ensure that she has access to the services she requires.
The young girl’s pregnancy was discovered when she was admitted to Trinidad Maternity and Children’s Hospital after complaining of stomach pains. An examination showed that she was twenty-one weeks pregnant, the result of a being raped by her stepfather. Despite the fact that her mother has requested access to an abortion, no such services have been made available. Instead, the girl has been directed toward a center for young mothers.
Although restrictive, the law in Paraguay does allow for abortion in cases where carrying the pregnancy to term would pose a significant health risk to the mother. The director of Trinidad Hospital has publicly spoken about the high risks involved in the girl’s case, and the World Health Organization also recognizes the severe risks of pregnancy for such a young child. It is therefore imperative that this girl be granted immediate access to a safe and legal abortion.
I also urge you to revise Paraguay’s restrictive abortion laws to bring them into line with the standards set by international law and human rights organizations.
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