A 12-year-old girl who was allegedly raped has been forced to give birth to twins because doctors would not let her have an abortion.

The shocking case has unfolded in Argentina but has prompted global outrage.

The young girl, who has not been named, had to undergo surgery at The Children’s Hospital Dr Hector Quintana in San Salvador, The Sun reports.

She had to wait until the foetuses had grown to maturity before undergoing a difficult caesarian section on November 29.

According to a statement by advocacy group Network of Health Professionals for the Right to Decide, the girl is now in government care because of the “legal” situation of her parents.

The organisation stated the girl had the right to a legal termination given the traumatic circumstances and her age.

Abortion illegal

Abortion is currently illegal in Argentina, but the law allows for abortions in the case of rape or if a woman’s life is in danger.

However, officials allegedly “bought time” so that the only option for the girl was to go through with the birth, The Sun reports.

The physical and mental condition of the 12-year-old girl or her twin babies is not known, nor the status of the alleged rape case.

The Children’s Hospital Dr Hector Quintana in San Salvador, Argentina.
The Children’s Hospital Dr Hector Quintana in San Salvador, Argentina. Credit: GoogleMaps
 

According to local newspaper TodoJujy, there have been 685 births from underage mothers this year in just one province in Argentina.

Twenty of those girls, aged between 10 and 14, were raped, the newspaper reports.

Thousands of people have demonstrated across Argentina in recent weeks calling for abortion to be “legal, safe and free.”

The predominantly conservative Catholic country has some of the strictest abortion laws in the world.

Thousands of people have demonstrated across Argentina in recent weeks calling for abortion to be “legal, safe and free.”
Thousands of people have demonstrated across Argentina in recent weeks calling for abortion to be “legal, safe and free.” Credit: Agence France-Presse
 

A bill to pass the legalisation of abortion has been rejected nine times.

The most recent bill proposal, in 2018, was strongly opposed by Pope Francis, who is Argentinian and vehemently opposed to abortion.

The Argentinian Ministry of Health estimates that about 350,000 illegal abortions are performed every year.

 
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