Raped and no right to choose

To the Congress of Paraguay and the National Commission of Penal System Reform:

Article 109 of the Paraguayan Penal Code allows abortions when the mother’s life is in danger. Girls under 15 are five times more likely to die from birth complications than older women. You have the power to improve the lives of thousands of Paraguayan girls by making sure that Article 109 is enforced to allow terminations for minors and to give all the assistance needed to the 10-year-old girl whose case is currently under consideration.
 
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A 10-year-old girl in Paraguay was reportedly sexually abused by her stepfather for years. She appealed to the authorities for help but they did nothing to protect her. Now pregnant and being forced to have the baby, she needs our help.

Every day in Paraguay, two girls between the ages of 10 and 14, give birth to children conceived as a result of rape. It’s an epidemic. The law could give access to abortion in these cases but government officials refuse to allow it. Now the tragic case of this 10-year-old girl has dropped a global media bombshell that is forcing them to reconsider.

Tomorrow, Congress will review this law and open up discussion to citizens. This is the chance to change everything for this 10-year-old and ensure that no young girl has to fight this battle again. Click to join the campaign -- we'll deliver our voices directly on to the floor of Congress, demanding that the law be applied to this girl and children like her, who most need to have a choice.

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