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Raped 11-year-old girl gets abortion after first refusal in Brazil


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BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazilian prosecutors said Thursday that a raped 11-year-old girl had a legal abortion after a judge prevented her for weeks from terminating her pregnancy.

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Federal prosecutors in the state of Santa Catarina said in a statement that the Polydoro Ernani Hospital in São Thiago took “steps to terminate the minor’s pregnancy” after a formal request made on behalf of the youngster’s family. daughter.

The hospital said in a statement that it could not comment on the case because it is under the secrecy of the Brazilian judicial system.

Doctors had previously refused to perform the procedure because the child was in her 22nd week of pregnancy.

Some anti-abortion activists argue that Health Department recommendations call for a 20-22 week limit on the procedure. But Daniela Felix, a lawyer for the child’s family, and other legal experts said Brazilian law makes no mention of a limit in the case of rape victims or when a woman’s life is at risk. danger.

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The 11-year-old, who was 10 when she was raped, was in her 29th week when the abortion was finally performed on Wednesday night, amid outrage against Judge Joana Ribeiro Zimmer for her actions in the case.

Earlier this week, Brazil’s judicial watchdog said it would investigate Zimmer for asking the child in a May 9 filmed hearing if she understood how pregnancies go and suggested the girl to “hold on a little longer” to save the fetus.

The girl repeatedly said that she did not want to give birth.

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Brazilian law allows abortions in three cases: rape; risk to the life of the mother; and cases of anencephaly, in which a fetus does not have a functioning brain.

The case has sparked a debate between supporters of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and those of left-wing former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

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Bolsonaro, who is running for re-election against da Silva, tweeted after the girl’s abortion news broke: “A baby from a seven month pregnancy.”

“We don’t discuss how it was designed, whether the law allows it or not. It is inadmissible to take the life of this defenseless being! he wrote.

Da Silva said in April that everyone should be allowed to have an abortion, but within days he backed down, saying he opposed abortions despite believing women should have a choice for abortions. public health reasons.

The case, reported by the website The Intercept Brasil last week, has prompted associations of magistrates and human rights groups to demand that Zimmer be removed from office.

Zimmer said in a statement Wednesday that she “will not speak to the portions of the hearing, which were unlawfully disclosed.” She also said she would remain silent on the matter “to ensure the full and due protection of the child.”

The investigation into Zimmer’s methods will be conducted by the same judicial system in Santa Catarina in southern Brazil and his decision will be referred to his own court in the southern Brazilian state, then made for the national watchdog make their final decision.

— Savarese brought from Sao Paulo.


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