An 11-year-old girl in Argentina, which had similarly strict laws until recently, delivered a 23-week-old baby by cesarean section in 2019 after officials there refused to allow her to obtain an abortion.
The young Argentine girl reportedly attempted suicide twice and begged doctors to “remove what the old man put inside me.”.
It’s unclear exactly how often this phenomenon occurs—and even a single instance of it is heartrending—but available numbers suggest it occurs with some frequency.
An analysis this week by The Columbus Dispatch found 50 reports of rape or sexual abuse toward girls 15 years old or younger in Columbus, Ohio, since May of this year.
You do not need a medical degree to know that it is neither safe nor healthy for a 10-year-old or 11-year-old child to deliver a baby.
But testing the limits of the maternal-health exception could be a dark new frontier for abortion litigation.
Texas did stress, however, that the law applied when a medical emergency “threatens the life of the unborn child. »