A 12-year-old girl’s baby who was raped by her own grandfather dies after being denied an abortion

THE premature baby of a 12-year-old girl who was raped by her grandfather has died after the child was denied an abortion by her religious family.

The then 11-year-old became pregnant after her 61-year-old “grandfather” allegedly raped her.

Chimore community, Cochabamba in Bolivia, where a girl was raped by her grandfather

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Chimore community, Cochabamba in Bolivia, where a girl was raped by her grandfather

The 60-year-old, her stepfather’s parent, is believed to have committed the gruesome act in the town of Chimore, in Cochabamba, central Bolivia.

The pre-adolescent girl is said to have asked her family for an abortion in a country where abortions of up to eight weeks are legal only in cases of rape, incest or to protect a girl’s or woman’s life.

However, doctors at Germany’s Urquidi Mother and Child Hospital in Cochabamba, where she was examined, refused to perform the procedure, claiming the girl had exceeded the legal time limit.

The 11-year-old was six months pregnant at the time.

The family initially refused to consent to an abortion, but only changed their mind after written consent was obtained.

The family’s decision may have been influenced by the Catholic Church in Bolivia, which said “the only solution is to save, nurture and lovingly support both lives”.

News of the refusal to perform life-saving abortions outraged the Central American nation, with many calling on the government to reform the country’s abortion laws.

Against this background, the young girl was forced to continue her risky pregnancy – due to her age and because the child was the result of rape – against the will of the little girl’s doctors and the judicial authorities.

The young victim’s premature baby, who was unable to carry her child, was delivered via emergency caesarean section at 29 weeks’ gestation.

Unfortunately, the baby, who was born at the age of six months, struggled to survive after being placed in an incubator but died after four days, on Wednesday 15th June.

“We bid farewell to Indigo, who will become our flag in the struggle for life,” Human Development Minister Jenny Rivero was quoted as saying by Red Uno.

“We promise to seek justice in this case, and we will always watch over the lives of these children who have no voice, who do not choose when they are born – that happens in many cases.”

“This case must make us think and unite to defend the life of a human being and a child,” she added.

The Ombudsman, Nadia Cruz, slammed the authorities and medical staff, who she claimed were not paying attention to the 12-year-old’s health.

“They want five more weeks of torture against the minor, even though the girl has been begging, begging [aborted].

“What they are doing at Germán Urquidi Hospital is that through their actions and personal positions they are undermining the protections of victims of sexual abuse who have the right to be heard by the state,” she told Red Uno.

The mayor’s office, which nicknamed the infant “Índigo Estévez,” announced that they had allocated a plot in the General Cemetery to bury Índigo’s small body.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, June 17.

Prosecutors have launched an investigation into the baby’s death and are expected to charge the elderly farmer with manslaughter.

The alleged sex offender is awaiting trial in San Pedro de Sacaba prison.

Local media outlet El Deber reported that the 11-year-old and her 15-year-old sister were in the suspect’s care as their parents worked as cooks and bricklayers in La Paz.

https://www.the-sun.com/news/5584456/baby-girl-12-pregnant-raped-dead-bolivia/ A 12-year-old girl’s baby who was raped by her own grandfather dies after being denied an abortion

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