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10-year-old girl raped and denied abortion

A 10-year-old girl has been denied an abortion despite allegedly being raped by her stepfather.

By Caroline Overington
A 10-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by her stepfather will give birth later this year, after authorities in Paraguay ruled out an abortion.
Paraguay has some of the world’s strictest abortion laws. Terminating a pregnancy is a criminal offence, publishable by long jail terms.
The Guardian reports that the child’s mother requested permission to have her daughter’s pregnancy terminated on the grounds that she had been raped and abused; that her 10-year-old body may not be able to cope with a full-term pregnancy; and that she has no means to care for the child, but the request was denied.
The pregnant 10-year-old is 22 weeks along.
A government official, Lida Sosa, told the Guardian: ‘Right now, there is no reason to interrupt the pregnancy. In fact, given the stage of the pregnancy, it’s even more dangerous for the girl to undergo a procedure.’
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Mr Brady told his partner to stay put, and stay put he did.
The story is odd, because Tony Abbott’s hosted a dinner for the couple when they left Canberra to take the job in Paris. The PM also has a gay sister, so it’s not like he doesn't socialise with gay people.
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