By Stephen D. Foster Jr. | 14 August 2015
An 11-year-old girl who was raped and impregnated has been forced to give birth after being denied an abortion several months ago. Conservatives must be giddy right about now.
It’s a scenario that Republicans would love to see play out here in America where abortion is a constitutional right for women. But sadly, women and girls do not have any such right in Paraguay.
Earlier this year, a 10-year-old girl was raped by her mother’s 42-year-old boyfriend, Gilberto Martinez Zarate. After going to the doctor for stomach pains, it was discovered she was pregnant and authorities arrested Zarate in May and charged the girl’s mother with neglect. Unfortunately, the girl lives in a country where the government is controlled by religious anti-abortion zealots so she was denied an abortion.
International outrage has ensued ever since, as human rights groups have blasted the Paraguayan government for putting the little girl’s life at risk.
And the now 11-year-old girl certainly was lucky to survive.
She gave birth this month via C-section and she’ll never have a chance at a normal childhood.
According to Agence France-Presse:
Amnesty International called on Paraguay’s government to repeal its strict anti-abortion law, saying the girl was lucky to be alive.
Erika Guevara, the rights group’s director for the Americas, said the fact that the child survived “does not excuse the human rights violations she suffered at the hands of the Paraguayan authorities.”
Officials in the South American country “decided to gamble with her health, life and integrity despite overwhelming evidence that this pregnancy was extremely risky and despite the fact that she was a rape victim and a child,” she said.
UNICEF notes that at least two girls between 10 and 14 give birth every day in Paraguay and three girls are currently preparing to give birth in the same hospital where the 11-year-old gave birth this week.
Of course, the same could happen here in the United States if conservatives have their way. For years, Republicans have sought to ban abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. That means little girls who are impregnated by their rapists would be forced to give birth against their will. They would have no choice as conservatives would control the bodies of these girls. This, of course, would make pedophiles very happy because they could rape and impregnate any little girl they want with the knowledge that conservatives would help them continue to torture their victims and give them the ability to seek parental rights later on so they can continue a vicious cycle.
And the evidence that Republicans would gleefully force raped little girls to give birth against their will comes not only from their own legislative agendas, but from their mouths as well.
Over the years, especially in recent years, Republicans have spoken of rape as if it is an acceptable method of conception sanctioned by God. Just click here to find 40 such examples of conservatives talking about their opposition to abortion exceptions for rape victims. And yes, if Republicans had their way, even child victims of rape would be forced to carry pregnancies to term, even if it means they could die from the attempt. And to add insult to injury, if any of those girls should lose a pregnancy that was forced upon them, conservatives would also love nothing more than to imprison them for having a miscarriage.
So next time you go into a voting booth, be sure to remember that your vote could allow conservatives to have the ability to destroy the lives of little girls across the country. Basically, your vote could turn America into Paraguay.
Back in 1991, the International Services Assistance Fund (ISAF) co-produced a TV quality 22-minute film called “Whose Choice?” which Ted Turner arranged to broadcast on September 21, 1992 in prime time on his then independent Turner Broadcast System (TBS). Other outlets such as PBS and several of its affiliates ISAF contacted then refused to run it because of its forthright treatment of the abortion issue, arguing for all women’s right to choose not to have a baby. ISAF has made a new edition of that DVD. The purpose for reissuing this 3rd version of “Whose Choice?” was simply to show the historical urgency that attended those times, still blocked and attacked over 40 years after the Roe v Wade decision in 1973. This video is available for public viewing for the first time.
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