Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro called it “inadmissible» the fact that an 11-year-old child terminated her pregnancy legally after being the victim of a rape, in a country where the right to abortion is still very restricted.
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“When we talk about seven months of pregnancy, it doesn’t matter how the baby was conceived, or whether abortion is legal or not in this case. It is inadmissible to kill this defenseless being“said the head of state on Twitter. “The only certainty about this tragedy is that the little girl and the baby are victims, innocent souls, who should not pay for acts of which they are not guilty, but be protected (…) from the harassment of pro-abortion groups“, he added.
The far-right president also posted a photo of an incubator with a baby born premature at 25 weeks, four months younger than the girl’s fetus. On Wednesday, the latter was finally able to have an abortion, a month and a half after a judge had forbidden her to terminate her pregnancy, according to the Brazilian press. This case caused a stir in Brazil, and the slogan “Criança não é mãe(a child is not a mother) has gone viral on social media.
In Brazil, voluntary termination of pregnancy (IVG) is only authorized in the event of rape, risk for the mother or serious malformation of the fetus. In other cases, it is considered a misdemeanor, punishable by one to three years in prison. Jair Bolsonaro, 67, elected in 2018 with massive support from evangelical circles, has repeatedly said that if it were up to him, abortion would not be “never legal” in Brazil.
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