Urge Paraguay to provide abortion for child rape survivor
Late last month a 10-year-old girl in Asunción, Paraguay arrived at a local hospital complaining of a stomach ache. Tests revealed that she was 21-weeks pregnant—a result of her stepfather sexually assaulting her. In Paraguay, abortion is only legal when the life of the pregnant person is at risk; therefore she’s entitled to receive abortion care. But despite doctors confirming that her pregnancy is high risk, and her mother’s request for the procedure, she has been denied the abortion care she needs.
Forcing this young girl to continue an unwanted pregnancy is an outrageous violation of her human rights, and has been classified by activists and advocates around the world as tantamount to torture. If you agree, please take a moment to sign your name to this letter to Dr. Antonio Barrios, the Minister of Public Health and Wellbeing in Paraguay, urging him to intervene in this situation. The farther along in the pregnancy the more danger this girl is in so it's essential that we act quickly. We've seen before that international pressure is essential to bring justice for women and girls—add your voice today!