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12-year-old rape victim can keep baby

30 May 2015, 18:21

Montevideo - A 12-year-old Uruguayan girl who was left pregnant after being raped, will be allowed by authorities to keep her baby, news reports say.

The girl, in her fifth month of pregnancy, has been described by doctors and sources close to her family as suffering from slight mental retardation and learning disabilities.

Her mother had wanted the girl to have an abortion, but the girl reportedly has asked to keep her baby, although some medical evaluators expressed doubts that she has the capacity to understand the consequences of pregnancy and motherhood.

Uruguay's Child and Adolescent Institute, which has been carrying out medical and psychological testing on the girl, gave authorisation for the pregnancy to proceed, according to the Subrayado website.

Grandfather arrested

The child, who has not been identified, is receiving counseling and medical support, and for the time being is living at a medical center in Montevideo, the site said.

The girl reportedly was just 11 years old when she was raped by the 41-year-old grandfather of her half-sister, who visited her family's home in Montevideo frequently.

The man has been arrested and will be prosecuted for rape, officials have said.

The case comes after that of a 10-year-old who was raped and impregnated by her stepfather in Paraguay, where the health minister has blocked her from having an abortion.

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