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23 / 04 / 2010 - Mexican Girl Refuses to Have Abortion, Acknowledges Life of Unborn Child
An 11-year-old Mexico girl has decided against having an abortion despite pressure from pro-abortion groups to have one after becoming the subject of international news following her sexual assault from her step father. The young girl says she won't because she knows she has a baby.
According to a Catholic News Agency report, the girl explained she understands, “a life is growing in her womb.”
CNA indicates the girl is receiving medical attention at a local clinic and has responded well to psychological tests saying she understands she has a unique human being she can give birth to or kill in an abortion.
Lizbeth Gamboa Song, director of the National System for the Comprehensive Development of the Family, told CNA, “She understands what happens before a pregnancy, she knows her womb will grow, she knows at some point her water will break, and she knows how the baby will be born."
“She does not yet fully realize the consequences of what it will mean to raise and care for a child” because of her young age, although adopted could become a consideration.
Despite the girl's decision, pro-abortion blogs like Feministing are misreporting the case and saying the girl was "refused" an abortion.
Abortion is currently legal in Mexico City but not in other states.
The girl lives in state of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan peninsula and most Mexican states allow abortions for rape, incest and protecting the life of the mother.
However, news reports indicate the girl, who is now eight weeks past the 90-day deadline the law requires.
Abortion advocates say the girl was not notified of the ability to get an abortion and they are calling on national and international officials to intervene on her behalf.
"We don't know what is happening," Maria Luisa Sanchez Fuentes of the Information Group on Reproductive Choice, told UPI. "We're really asking for accountability."
State Attorney General Francisco Alor Quezada said, according to CNN, that he doesn't know if the girl was informed about abortion and that he didn't know how far along the girl was in her pregnancy when her mother reported the sexual assault to authorities.
The girl is currently in the custody of state protective services and the stepfather has been arrested while the investigation continues.
Meanwhile, state lawmaker Maria Hadad is telling news outlets the girl should be able to get an abortion because of alleged physical and mental health risks of giving birth -- even though most studies show abortion cause far worse problems for women.
The Mexico capital city approved legal abortions in 2007 and the response from pro-life advocates in states like Quintana Roo has been strong.
Some 17 states, including Quintana Roo, have approved amendments to their state constitution calling for more legal protection for unborn children from abortion.
Source: Steven Ertelt - LifeNews.com Editor