For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 
Contact: 

Nidya Sarria, media@aiusa.org

Argentina: Authorities Deny 11-year-old’s Right to Terminate Forced Pregnancy

WASHINGTON - Argentine authorities must be held accountable for putting at grave risk the life of an 11-year-old rape survivor carrying a forced pregnancy and divulging confidential medical information, said Amnesty International today.

“When this 11-year-old rape victim entered hospital requesting a legal abortion, the authorities’ number one duty should have been protecting her life and health. Instead, they put up obstacle after obstacle with the sole aim of denying the girl her rights,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International.

“Forcing an 11-year-old girl to have to resort to an emergency cesarean which could have been avoided is a cruel injustice that inflicts such psychological and physical harm on the child it could amount to torture under international law.”

The 11-year-old girl from the province of Tucuman, north-western Argentina, was admitted into hospital in January after it was discovered she was 19 weeks pregnant, bearing the child of her grandmother’s partner who had sexually abused her. Both the girl and her mother promptly requested an abortion, which is legal in Argentina in cases of rape or when the woman or girl’s life is in danger.

SCROLL TO CONTINUE WITH CONTENT

Get our best delivered to your inbox.

However, the authorities repeatedly refused to practice an abortion, using a range of delay tactics, effectively forcing the girl to carry the pregnancy to term against her and her mother’s wishes. They also publicly divulged confidential patient information, including her current health condition and her decision to request access to a legal abortion.

“This appalling case is symptomatic of the Argentine authorities' systemic violation of girls’ women's sexual and reproductive rights, silencing their voices and negating their autonomy. Time and time again we are seeing these basic rights denied across Argentina, even when they are explicitly protected under national laws,” said Mariela Belski, executive director of Amnesty International Argentina.

This statement can be found online at https://www.amnestyusa.org/press-releases/argentina-authorities-deny-11-year-olds-right-to-terminate-forced-pregnancy/

###

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Won't Exist.

Please select a donation method:



Amnesty International is a global movement of millions of people demanding human rights for all people – no matter who they are or where they are. We are the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization.

Share This Article

More in:
,