The Catholic Church in Bolivia has reportedly spoken out against the 11-year-old child’s abortion after her family announced the pregnancy would be terminated last week
A girl allegedly raped by her step-grandfather was ordered by her mother not to have an abortion.
The 11-year-old is 21 weeks pregnant after she was raped by the 61-year-old, the police said.
Contrary to the doctors’ wishes, her family has said that she will not have an abortion.
Last week it was reported that the offer of an abortion was accepted by the family who live in Yapacani, Bolivia, but over the weekend they appear to have changed their minds.
Her lawyer, Giovanni Cabello, told the Pagina Siete sales point: “This was a decision (to continue the pregnancy) that was made in the morning and recorded in the anamnesis so that the maternity ward and its entire team, according to the will of the family.
“The girl is in fair condition, she is calm. What motherhood does is give the necessary care so that the mother and the unborn baby are well.
The young girl, who is not named, is said to have been raped by the father of her stepfather, who is also not named.
According to the local media agency El Deber, the suspect is in custody.
Ana Paola García, head of the feminist association Women’s House, told EFE that the young girl told one of her cousins that “she felt strange movements in her stomach”.
The country’s Catholic Church had publicly asked the girl not to allow the dismissal, Unitel reported.
The 11-year-old and her 15-year-old sister, who was not mentioned by name, had been in the suspect’s care since last February because their mother and father worked as cooks and masons in the capital, La Paz.
The 11-year-old was found to be 21 weeks pregnant after an ultrasound scan by doctors.