Ten-Year-Old Gives Birth In Spain

A ten-year-old girl gave birth last week in the city of Jerez de la Frontera, in southern Spain. Mother and baby are reportedly in good health. Is this the youngest-ever mother in Europe?

The girl is a Romanian gypsy who arrived in Spain with her mother just three weeks ago, so that she could have her baby there. The mother, who identified herself as Olimpia, has said that she is “delighted” to have a new granddaughter, adding that they plan to stay in Spain, and that the father of the baby, age 13, is no longer in the picture.

Romanian Gypsy Mother Doesn’t Understand The Problem

Olimpia also said that she doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about because she and her daughter are Romanian Gypsies and their culture allows girls to marry young even though it’s against the law in Romania.

“That’s the way we get married,” she told reporters on Tuesday, November 2, outside the apartment building in the southern town of Lebrija where the family is staying.

Consensual Sex Under Age 13

But yes, fuss there is. Spanish newspapers report outrage, and the local social service authorities are deciding whether to let the girl and her family retain custody of the baby. Under Spanish law, having consensual sex with someone under age 13 is classified as child abuse. But a Justice Ministry official said this particular case is complicated, because the alleged father is not in Spain and is also a minor, so it is not clear whether he could be charged.

Child Giving Birth To A Child

But that’s not the biggest issue here, obviously. A child giving birth to a child is the issue, and throwing in the idea of marriage is completely beside the point.

This case is a tragic story. Ask any fourth grader, girl or boy, what they would think about becoming a parent, and how do you think they will respond? It’s a time of exploration and excitement, and the beginning of developing independence, moving towards adolescence.

What About Children’s Rights?

How can a ten-year-old grasp that she has a baby now, but that she will be responsible for another human being for the rest of her life?

And what about the child, with a mother just ten years older than her?

What do you think about ten-year-olds giving birth?

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231 comments

colleen p.
colleen p5 years ago

they had a reality tv show about Gypsy weddings. this is what the girls want. this is what their culture celebrates. not "I'm gonna be a veterinarian!". growing up, getting married and having children is their dream

how does one suggest telling them otherwise? introduce feminism ideas on them? tell their girls they can have better than a housewife. and should do better?

Nabuo D.
Nabuo D.5 years ago

I think that she should not have her child taken away from her because of her age. IT IS MEAN FOR SOMEONE TO HAVE THE CHILD THEY WORKED HARD FOR TAKEN AWAY BECAUSE OF THERE RELIGION!!!

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

And you're surprised about gypsies getting discriminated against...

theresa t.
theresa t6 years ago

insane

Nellie K A.
Nellie K Adaba6 years ago

I mean it won't be the last case

Nellie K A.
Nellie K Adaba6 years ago

I know about this more than 14 days ago when they talked about it in the Italian and French news. One of the youngest monthers was a young girl who was 9, I think in China, so it's the first and it won't be the last.

Klaus P.
Klaus Peters6 years ago

Terrible situation to be in for a 10 year old.

Shalvah Landy
Past Member 6 years ago

By the comments left here It looks like some people can't see beyond their single minded beliefs. Have you not any concern of the affect of having a child has on a 10 year old, she could have died, and know she's left to deal with the psychological trauma. The grandmother who considers this a part of their culture should not gain custody, she was the mothers guardian and did nothing to prevent this.
Just wait and see her getting pregnant again!

Joy Dantine
Joy Dantine6 years ago

SHOULD A TEN YEAR OLD BE ALLOWED TO GIVE BIRTH? POLLSTERS SUPRISED ME WHEN I FIND OUT THE RESULTS. LIFE VERSUS DEATH YOU SAY? JUST ANSWER THE QUESTION AS IS: SHOULD A TEN YEAR OLD BE ALLOWED TO GIVE BIRTH? ONE MISTAKE BEGETS ANTOHER MISTAKE. TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORNS - NOT THE WHORES AND WHORE MASTERS - TO INCLUDE THOSE WHO FAIL TO EDUCATE CHILDREN ALREADY IN THEIR CARE. THE WORLD IS BURDENED YES, BUT, NOT BY HUMANS, BUT, BY UNEDUCATED HUMANS.

Kendra Richards
K R6 years ago

Th children I take care of (oldest is 13 yrs) wouldn't even know what to do if I didn't feed them much less to feed another person!