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Child's pregnacy sets off abortion debate

3 years 11 months 2 weeks ago July 05, 2013 Jul 5, 2013 Friday, July 05 2013 July 05, 2013 6:48 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

SANTIAGO, CHILE- An eleven-year-old girl who's pregnant in Chile set off a national debate about abortion in the socially-conservative country. The girl is known as "Belen" and is 14-weeks pregnant.

Police say her mother's partner confessed to abusing her. Doctors contend her life and that of the fetus are at high risk, but abortion is banned in Chile. Her case set off a firestorm of debate on social media with many demanding abortion be legal in cases of rape or health risks for the mother.

Chile allowed abortion for medical reasons up until 1973 and the country's Senate rejected three bills last year that would have removed the absolute ban.

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