San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina, Mar 2, 2019 / 06:01 am America/Denver (CNA).
After an 11-year-old rape victim in Argentina received a Caesarean section Wednesday, the local bishop has called for society to be committed to protecting life.
The girl was admitted Jan. 31 to the Eva Perón East Hospital in Banda del Río Salí, in the San Miguel de Tucumán metro area, due to some injuries attributed to suicidal behavior. It was then that she was found to be pregnant as the result of being raped by the partner of her grandmother, and she requested an abortion.
Argentine law prohibits abortion, except when the mother’s life or health is in danger, or in cases of rape.
Family court judge Valeria Brand authorized an abortion for the girl after delays caused by uncertainty over who was the girl's legal guardian. Several local doctors refused to perform an abortion citing conscientious objection.
The girl ended up receiving a Caesarean section Feb. 27, about about 23-24 weeks of pregnancy, after doctors said there were too many risks associated with abortion in the case. The infant is alive, but is in poor health, weighs 1 lb 5 oz, and has little chance of survival.