10 Year Old Rape Victim Forced to Carry Child -- Is This What Anti-Choicers Are Shooting For?
Despite the Catholic Church's best efforts, abortion is legal in Mexico City. Yet severe restrictions or outright prohibition in the rest of the country lead to outcomes like this:
A pregnant 10-year-old, allegedly raped by her stepfather, has become the latest lightning rod in the country's heated abortion debate.
The girl's stepfather has been arrested. But advocates on both sides of the issue say their battle is just beginning.
The girl's home state of Quintana Roo, on the Yucatan peninsula, allows abortion in cases of rape during the first 90 days of the pregnancy. But the 10-year-old girl is at 17½ weeks, nearly a month past that limit.
Advocacy groups are calling for federal officials and the United Nations to investigate Quintana Roo's handling of the matter, claiming officials did not inform her of her abortion rights.
"We don't know what is happening, and the institution that is supposed to provide support and care for these minors hasn't been transparent. We're really asking for accountability," said Maria Luisa Sanchez Fuentes, director of the Information Group on Reproductive Choice.
So there's the ghastly result of a system that privileges fetal cells over the welfare of women and children. Something to keep in mind as state legislatures in the U.S. continue to pull shit like this, and this, and this.