An 11-year-old Paraguayan girl -- who was raped by her mother's boyfriend -- gave birth yesterday to a girl, rekindling the uproar over authorities' refusal to let her have an abortion, the Alter Net website reports today (August 14, 2015).
The child -- who was 10 years old when she was raped -- gave birth by C-section to a girl that weighed eight pounds, said Dolores Castellanos, the doctor that monitored the pregnancy.
The pregnancy came to light when the girl went to the doctor with stomach pains in April. At that time, doctors discovered on examining her that she was five months pregnant.
The authorities' handling of the case sparked outrage in Paraguay -- a predominantly Catholic country -- where abortion is illegal, except when the mother's life is deemed to be at risk. Officials ruled the pregnancy must proceed.