April 24, 2010

10-Year-Old Abortion Scandal (VIDEO)

A 10-Year-Old girl who is pregnant after allegedly being sexually assaulted by her stepfather is at the center of a huge scandal in Mexico, over the abortion issue.

Abortion is not illegal in the country as a whole, but many regions of the country have restrictive rules on the procedure, and the town in which this girl lives only lets an abortion be performed in the first ten weeks. So even though this is such an extreme case, medical authorities there are not letting her have the procedure done.

Said one expert on the region,,"This girl is much more than an isolated case, and there is much more influence now from conservative groups that are trying to prevent the legalization of abortion."

10-Year-Old Abortion Scandal (VIDEO)

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...Abortion is legal in Mexico's capital city, but prohibited or significantly restricted in most of the country's states. 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.

10-Year-Old Abortion Scandal (VIDEO)

Posted at April 24, 2010 7:11 AM