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Fourteen year old girl from Paraguay dies in childbirth

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Aryana Powell, Staff Writer

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A 14 year old rape victim was pronounced dead in Paraguay this week after complications from childbirth. She had been hospitalized for 20 days before her sudden death. The Guardian reports that her baby is in intensive care.

The girl became pregnant after being a victim of rape.

The 37-year-old man who raped and impregnated the girl was arrested on Thursday, according to Ricardo González Borgne, the head of the the National Secretariat for Children and Adolescents.

Her death shines a light on the country’s prohibitive abortion laws. A pregnant woman cannot undergo the procedure unless her life is in danger. This week’s incident shows the impact the law has on young girls who are at risk when they are pregnant because of their underdeveloped bodies.

This is not the first case in Paraguay that a young rape victim had to deliver a baby after being raped. An earlier rape case of a 10-year-old girl also ended with her being forced to give birth. She survived, but Amnesty International said the denial of abortion broke international law.

The 10 year old girl’s case shocked Paraguayans when it came to light in May of 2015. At the time the girl was 10 years old and 22 weeks pregnant. Authorities immediately arrested the girl’s mother. The woman, who according to reports is 32 years old, was charged with child neglect and complicity.

Police arrested the girl’s stepfather, identified as 42-year-old Gilberto Benitez Zárate. Benitez was charged with rape and abuse of a child. He denied the charges and demanded a DNA test to back up his claim.

“The physical and psychological impact of forcing this young girl to continue with an unwanted pregnancy is tantamount to torture,” Guadalupe Marengo, deputy director for the Americas at Amnesty International said then to CNN. “The Paraguayan authorities cannot sit idly by while this young rape survivor is forced to endure more agony and torment.”

In the mostly Catholic country, 684 girls between the ages of 10 and 14 gave birth last year. Most of the minors had been victims of sexual abuse, according to health ministry.

This law about abortion in Paraguay is outrageous when it comes to rape victims at any given age. So outrageous that the issue has become international. I say this because rape victims did not ask to get raped, they did not ask to have a baby so how is it wrong to have an abortion?

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