Conservative Dream Come True: 10-Year-Old Rape Victim Denied Abortion

As you read the following story, keep in mind that if conservatives had their way, abortion would be totally banned and there wouldn’t be any exceptions for victims of rape or incest.

Because that conservative dream is precisely the nightmare that a ten-year-old girl is living right now in Paraguay. The small deeply-religious country has outlawed abortion the way conservatives have always dreamed of outlawing it here in America.

The girl was raped and impregnated by her stepfather, who was arrested over the weekend. But because Paraguay has outlawed abortion in all cases except to save the life of the mother and have somehow deemed the girl capable of giving birth safely, the anti-abortion government has decided to force her to have her rapist’s baby.

United Nations rights experts and the World Health Organization, however, disagree with the decision.

According to the Associated Press,

In a statement released in Geneva, the four experts said Paraguay has refused to provide treatment to save the life of the girl, who is five months pregnant, “including safe and therapeutic abortion in a timely manner.”

The case has set off a national debate in Paraguay where abortion is banned in all cases — even rape — except when the mother’s life is in danger.

“The Paraguayan authorities’ decision results in grave violations of the rights to life, to health, and to the physical and mental integrity of the girl as well as her right to education, jeopardizing her economic and social opportunities,” the experts said.

The World Health Organization says such child pregnancies can be dangerous, potentially leading to complications and death.

Despite the medical expertise of the World Health Organization, the Paraguayan government is forcing the girl to risk her life to give birth against her will anyway.

And this is exactly the kind of thing that conservatives would like to see happen in the United States. They literally want the government to make reproductive decisions for women and girls. They want the power to control the female body, even if it means rapists knowing that if they impregnate their victims, the women will be powerless to terminate the unwanted pregnancy.

In this warped worldview, it’s not long before conservatives are looking towards the day when they can arrest and imprison women for having a miscarriage like the anti-abortion government of El Salvador does.

Imprisoning women for having miscarriages and forcing women and girls to give birth against their will even if they have been raped are the wet dreams of conservatives in this country and that’s why stories such as these are so important for everyone to be aware of. So that we can reject those draconian laws here before conservatives are able to make their dream come true.

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