A rape victim has been denied the right to an abortion by a judge in Brazil and has been ordered to stay in a shelter where she will be closely monitored throughout her pregnancy.
The girl, whose identity has not been released, was taken to a hospital in Santa Catarina, Brazil, after her mother discovered she was pregnant last month, the New York Post reported on Tuesday.
The 11-year-old girl became pregnant after being raped in the family home.
However, doctors refused to abort the girl, who was already 22 weeks and two days pregnant. However, according to hospital rules, abortion is permitted up to a maximum of 20 weeks of pregnancy.
When the case was brought before Judge Joana Ribeiro Zimmer, the law sided with the doctors, much to the girl’s dismay. Recall that abortion is illegal in Brazil, except in cases of rape or if the pregnancy represents a danger for the mother.
In addition to the verdict, the child was ordered to stay in a shelter throughout her pregnancy, where she will be closely monitored, since there was a “risk” that the young girl would “perform the procedure” anyway , Judge Zimmer said.
According to prosecutors, the girl was placed in a shelter to “protect her from future abuse”.
The judge also offered the little girl to give the baby up for adoption, since “more than 30,000 Brazilian couples want a baby”. She continued by asking the young girl if she wanted to choose the child’s name and if the child’s father, the abuser, would agree to give him up for adoption.
The Santa Catarina Court of Justice has since said its home affairs department is reviewing the judge’s decision.