Rape

Mexican Incest Victim Has Legal Abortion

Thursday, July 26, 2001

After an international outcry and intense legal maneuvering, a 12-year-old Mexican received a legal abortion. Her father remains in jail on charges of incest.

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Lucila Sanchez Montellano

(WOMENSENEWS)--Lucila Sanchez Monteyano, the 12-year-old Mexican girl who was impregnated by her father, was granted a legal abortion, and the state of Sinaloa has decided to establish a special office to handle rape cases, officials announced.

The abortion, at more than four and a half months, was performed and the girl was reported to be in good condition.

The decision to grant an abortion permit was announced last weekend at a news conference held by Judge Ramon Jesus Castro, joined by the girl's mother and her doctors. Journalist Oswaldo Villasenor of the newspaper, Noroeste, in Los Mochis reported the news conference.

Judge Castro confirmed speculation that Lucila had disappeared with her mother and had received a legal abortion, approved by Sinaloa state. In Mexico, virtually all abortion is illegal. He also announced the establishment of a department to handle abortion as a result of rape cases, Villasenor reported.The girl was about 18 weeks pregnant. Although abortion carries some risk and later abortion carries more risk, the perils of childbirth for a 12-year-old are more dangerous, according to a report released by the World Health Organization. The report says that teens risk the possibility of damaging their internal organs and their bowel and urinary tracts, as well as suffering other mental and physical impairments.-By Amy Berg

To read the original Women's Enews article:

Mexican Girl, 12, Raped by Dad, Can't Have Abortion:
http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm/dyn/aid/146/context/archive

 
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