A 10-year-old girl in Paraguay is pregnant—the result of rape by her stepfather. As doctors weigh the best options for her health, we ask that Paraguay’s Health Minister keep the full range of reproductive health care available to her—including safe, legal abortion. Sign the petition today.
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Please Protect the Health of Pregnant 10-Year-Old Girl
Dear Minister Barrios,
We are writing to ask you to protect the health of a 10-year-old girl who became pregnant as a result of being raped by her stepfather.
As doctors weigh the best course of action to protect her physical and mental health, we ask that you keep all reproductive health care options available to her--including the option of a safe, legal abortion. In the event that she needs an abortion, denying her that option would be a violation of her rights under Paraguayan and international human rights law. In Paraguay, abortion is legal when the life of the woman or girl is at risk, and according the Convention on the Rights of the Child, states have an obligation to ensure access to abortion in these circumstances.
We ask that you do everything in your power to protect this child's physical and mental health during this critical period, in particular, by making available the full range of reproductive health services she may need.
We thank you for your attention to this matter, [Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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