Rape of Uruguayan girl, 11, sparks abortion debate

A learning-disabled 11-year-old Uruguayan girl who was raped and impregnated wants to give birth to her child, in echoes of a case in Paraguay that is similarly stirring fierce debate. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • The man has been detained and will be prosecuted for rape, officials said.

  • In 2013, Uruguay legalized abortion for up to 12 weeks of gestation and 14 weeks in the case of rape.

  • However, medical reports — cited in the local press — concluded the girl does not have the capacity to understand the consequences of pregnancy and motherhood.

A learning-disabled 11-year-old Uruguayan girl who was raped and impregnated wants to give birth to her child, in echoes of a case in Paraguay that is similarly stirring fierce debate.

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