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Raped 11-year-old Chilean should be allowed to abort: Amnesty

Published on Jul 12, 2013 6:19 AM

SANTIAGO (REUTERS) - A pregnant 11-year-old Chilean girl who was allegedly raped by her stepfather should be granted all medical options, including the right to abort, rights group Amnesty International said on Thursday.

The pregnancy of 'Belen', as she is known, has sparked an outcry in the Andean country, where abortion is banned under all circumstances.

"The Chilean state is responsible to provide her with every support necessary as she contends with the horrendous physical and psychological consequences of being raped and pregnant as a result," Mr Guadalupe Marengo of the London-based human rights group said in a statement.

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, a conservative, has asked the health minister to "personally tend" to Belen's health. Mr Pinera was lambasted for comments lauding the girl's "depth and maturity" for wanting to go through with the pregnancy.

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