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Chilean legislator says pregnant 11-year-old rape victim is “prepared to be a mother”

Last week, state television in Chile reported that an 11-year-old girl, identified only as “Belen,” is 14 weeks pregnant as a result of being raped (repeatedly, over the course of two years) by her stepfather, who has since been arrested and confessed to sexually abusing the young girl.

Doctors involved in Belen's care say the pregnancy is high-risk, but abortion is illegal under all circumstances in the country.

On Wednesday, Belen told a local news station (her face was obscured to protect her identity) that she wanted to carry the pregnancy to term, and that having the baby "will be like having a doll in my arms." She went on to say, "I'm going to love the baby very much, even though it comes from that man who hurt me."

In a move that completely sidesteps the murky boundaries of consent, coercion and choice for an 11-year-old sexual assault victim raised in a country without access to abortion, Chile's President Sebastian Pinera praised young Belen for the "depth and maturity" of her nebulously defined "choice":

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