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11-Year-Old Rape Victim Gives Birth

A Paraguayan child who was raped and impregnated by her stepfather at the age of 10 gave birth after being denied an abortion by the government. Though the stepfather, Gilberto Benitez, was arrested, Paraguay only allows abortion exceptions if the life of the mother was threatened—and government officials said the child’s pregnancy was progressing “normally.” According to her mother’s lawyer, the baby was born via C-section and there were no complications.