Raped by a stranger outside her home, a 13-year-old girl in Mississippi was forced to give birth to a baby boy after her state and adjacent states banned abortion, making it impossible for her to get to the nearest clinic. .
“I didn’t have the funds for all of this,” her mom, nicknamed Regina, lamented in a report by “Time” magazine reported by “The Guardian” on Monday.
A little over nine months ago, the young girl was playing alone in front of her house when a stranger allegedly attacked her. It was after taking her daughter to the doctor for uncontrolled vomiting that Regina reportedly learned what had happened.
Unable to get to the nearest abortion clinic in Chicago, more than a 9-hour drive from her home, the 13-year-old reluctantly had to give birth to 39 weeks pregnant with a baby boy – whom she nicknamed “Peanut” – despite the efforts of her helpless mother.
Because according to the latter, the cost of carrying out the operation, including travel, hotel, work leave to be taken as well as the price of the abortion itself, was too high for her means.
“This situation hurts the most because she was an innocent child doing what children do: she was playing outside. And he was my child, his mother said. It always hurts, and it will always hurt.”
On the cusp of adolescence, the girl would be the latest victim of the US Supreme Court’s June 2022 ruling that overturned abortion rights nationwide, leading to 14 state laws prohibiting the operation, according to information from the Center for Reproductive Rights shared by “The Guardian”.
Since the new law took effect in Mississippi, the state has reportedly allowed two exceptions, which require the rape to be reported to law enforcement in order to qualify for a legal abortion.
But even if an abortion is permitted, the patient must travel to a state where abortion is practiced to obtain the operation.