A pregnant 10-year-old, allegedly raped by her stepfather, has become the latest lightning rod in the country’s heated abortion debate.
The girl’s stepfather has been arrested. But advocates on both sides of the issue say their battle is just beginning.
Abortion is legal in Mexico’s capital city, but prohibited or significantly restricted in most of the country’s states. The girl’s home state of Quintana Roo, on the Yucatan peninsula, allows abortion in cases of rape during the first 90 days of the pregnancy. But the 10-year-old girl is at 17Â½ weeks, nearly a month past that limit.
While this is an extreme case, it illustrates why its necessary to protect 2nd trimester abortions. The very young, who may be scared or victimized, often need more time to seek help.
The church and anti-choice extremists advocate for the “protection” of fetuses and embryos. Who is advocating for young women who are sexually abused?