10-year-old Rape Victim in Brazil Safely Aborts After Feminists Expel Religious Extremists
Members of feminist movements gathered outside the hospital in Recife to ensure that the abortion procedure was carried out. Photo: Denilson Cadete / Midia Ninja
On Monday, August 17, religious fundamentalists attempted to invade the Integrated Health Center Amauri de Medeiros (CISAM) in Recife (PE), Brazil, to stop a 10-year-old child from carrying out an abortion. The child became pregnant after she was raped by her uncle. The patient was earlier denied her legal right at the University Hospital Cassiano Antônio Moraes in the Espírito Santo State and had to travel to Recife, the capital of Pernambuco State, which is over 1,800 km away, to access the procedure.
The religious fundamentalists who had gathered outside the health center in Recife were confronted and expelled by a group of feminists who mobilized to protect the life of the child and her legal right. Following their expulsion, the procedure was carried out safely and the child is recovering.
"GRAVIDEZ FORÇADA É TORTURA! AOS 10 ANOS, É MORTE"— Mídia NINJA (@MidiaNINJA) August 16, 2020
Cidadãs do Fórum De Mulheres de Pernambuco também foram até o hospital para defender a vida da menina de 10 anos que engravidou por ter sido estuprada pelo tio. pic.twitter.com/iprxFTOyyV
In Brazil, abortion is only permitted in cases of rape, or when there is a risk to the health of the mother or if the fetus has anencephaly (the absence of a portion of the brain or skull). In this case, the procedure had even been authorized by a Court in her home State of Espírito Santo.
Throughout the day, members of conservative groups remained outside the health center in Recife, condemning the procedure and organizing prayer circles. Several anti-abortion parliamentarians were also present.
Que cena deplorável! Fundamentalistas religiosos foram pra frente do hospital onde a criança de 10 anos, estuprada e engravidada pelo tio, fará o aborto. O grupo recebeu o médico encarregado da missão com gritos de "assassino". #gravidezaos10mata pic.twitter.com/MfgvxOM7cg— Mídia NINJA (@MidiaNINJA) August 16, 2020
The case was widely commented on across social media. Far-right Bolsonaro supporter Sara Winter called on her networks to oppose the abortion and even called the child an “assassin.” Winter also revealed the name of the victim, in complete violation of the child’s right to privacy.
According to reports, the 10-year-old had been victim of sexual violence for the past four years.
The National Abortion Investigation, carried out in 2015 by the Bioethic Institute, Human Rights and Gender along with the University of Brasilia, revealed that one in every five women between 18 and 40 has had one abortion, totaling around 500,000 such procedures. The total numbers are likely much higher since the investigation did not interview adolescents, women in rural areas and women over 49.
The World March of Women, whose members were accompanying the feminist mobilization in Recife commented, “This story sadly is not an exception. Machismo kills every day. The conservatism and hypocrisy sentences girls and women every day. We struggle to change the lives of women and the world. We will remain in the march until we are all free!”
With reports from Brasil de Fato Pernambuco
Courtesy: Peoples Dispatch
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