Child care and abortion - two examples of the complexity of the issue

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    In a perfect world, one would hope that no woman would need to consider an abortion. There is unfortunately, no perfect world and there does not seem there will ever be a perfect world. So consider ...

    1. A child rape case in Paraguay.

    ... But the plot unfolding in Paraguay is so dark and twisted that it is currently tearing the South American country apart.
    It began on April 21 when a mother brought her 10-year-old daughter to a public hospital. The girl was complaining of abdominal pains, and her mother feared she had a tumor. When doctors examined the girl, however, they determined she was 22 weeks pregnant.
    The mother told authorities her daughter must have been raped and singled out a prime suspect: her own husband, the girl’s stepfather.
    By then, however, 42-year-old Gilberto Benitez had gone into hiding. While authorities launched a manhunt for Benitez, his wife demanded her daughter receive an abortion. But Paraguay, a devoutly Catholic country, allows abortion only in cases where the mother’s life is at risk.
    A fierce public debate ensued. Amnesty International called on the government to allow an abortion, arguing that it was dangerous for a 75-pound girl to give birth. “The physical and psychological impact of forcing this young girl to continue with an unwanted pregnancy is tantamount to torture,” said Amnesty International’s Guadalupe Marengo in news release. “The Paraguayan authorities cannot sit idly by while this young rape-survivor is forced to endure more agony and torment.”
    But Paraguayan Health Minister Antonio Barrios insisted that the girl was in good health and that a late-term abortion would be risky.


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  • fulltimestudent

    2. American Presidential candidate at Liberty University (An ultra Christian education facility).

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    The child in the first post has given birth, and a Sydney newspaper states that:

    In Paraguay, two girls aged 10 to 14 give birth every day. The cases are often linked to sexual violence.

    Read more:

    The population of Paraguay is about 6.7 million.

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    Now think about another face to the same problem. With the young Paraguayan girl in mind ...

    Photographer Guy Calan starkly illustrates what child marriage means in Ethiopia, another strongly religious nation with about 43% of the population Orthodox Christian and 33% Muslim.

    He describes his image:

    Ambaun, 9 years old, on left and Deghe, 7 years old, on right sit in their matrimonial tent before their wedding celebration commence in a village in Northern Amhara region on February 16, 2009 in Ethiopia..While in decline, early child marriage is still widely spread in rural areas of Ethiopia where families sell their daughters into marriage at ages as young as 5 years old...Names of subjects have been fictionalized and specific locations have been omitted to protect the identities of the children portrayed in the story.

    and his photograph: click

  • fulltimestudent

    Duplicated. cannot access the image- apologies.

  • ctrwtf
    I love Bernie! Not literally though.
  • talesin

    Is this the photo you were posting, FTS? : )

    **when you want to use a photo, click on "open image in new tab" then it will make a .jpg file. That url should work.**

  • truthseeker100
    Fulltimestudent Abortion definitely is a complicated issue. There are a lot of idealistic doctors and medical personnel that struggle with this issue all the time. Sad scenarios for everyone involved.
  • azor
    Dammit you made me cry. My daughter is 6.
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