11-Year-Old Pregnant Girl in Chile Sparks Up Abortion Debate

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Chile is known for being one of Latin America's most socially-conservative countries. So when the case of a pregnant 11-year-old girl arose, it set off a national debate about abortion.

According to Fox News Latino, Chileans became outraged when hearing that the young girl had been raped repeatedly by her mother's partner over the last two years, resulting in her pregnancy. Police in Puerto Montt arrested her mother's partner, who confessed to abusing the fifth grader.

Doctors have stated that the young girl's life and the fetus are at high risk, but in Chile, ending a pregnancy is not an option.

Abortions were outlawed in Chile in 1973 by Gen. Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship. Before that, the country allowed abortions, but only if medically necessary. The country's current government is opposed to loosening this prohibition for any reason.

Many Chileans took to their social media networks on Friday to express their concern. They've created an online campaign to demand legalization of abortion in cases of rape or where health risks lie for the mother or child.

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