Whose decision?

11 year old’s pregnancy stirs abortion debate in Chile

A comment by Chile's president Sebastian Pinera has reignited controversy over the pregnancy of an 11-year old girl. Pinera said the girl's decision to keep the baby rather than appeal for abortion was “brave and mature,” a statement that riled politicians such former president Michelle Bachelet, who questioned the ability of a pre-teen to make an informed decision. The girl was raped repeatedly over the course of two years by her mother's partner. He's been arrested, but the mother defended the relationship as “consensual.”

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July 10, 2013 12:18 PM