“The world is now watching Paraguay. We are calling on authorities there to show humanity and respect the dignity and wishes of this young girl and her mother. To do anything else would be a clear breach of international human rights law and a violation of this young girl’s rights,” said Guadalupe Marengo, Deputy Director for the Americas at Amnesty International, after more than 150,000 of its members and supporters worldwide signed a petition to support the girl getting access to all medical options.
“It is important for the panel to immediately carry out a holistic assessment of the girl and ensure that her human rights are fully respected and guaranteed. The panel must take into account all possible physical and mental dangers of this high-risk pregnancy in the short, medium and long term. This is a very young girl who has already experienced the deep trauma of rape and sexual abuse for a long time. All options, including an abortion, should be put on the table to prevent any further torment,” said Guadalupe Marengo.
“It is hard to understand the brutal cruelty of forcing a young girl, who has already survived the horrors of rape, to carry a pregnancy to term. The physical and mental repercussions of continuing with this high-risk pregnancy could be devastating and are akin to torture,” said Guadalupe Marengo.
“In a pluralistic society such as Paraguay, many people recognize the morality of abortion and embrace public policies that uphold the human right of women to decide matters related to their reproductive health. I, and Catholics around the globe, call upon Paraguayan authorities to protect the health of the girls in the country,” said Jon O’Brien, President of Catholics for Choice.