Raped Peruvian Teen Jumps Out of Window, Then Denied Abortion

After the post I wrote yesterday, which dealt with the death of a pregnant woman who was denied treatment for a colon disease because doctors feared that medical intervention would damage her fetus, I didn’t think I’d be writing about issues that were much worse (especially a day later), but the Center for Reproductive Rights has a new video that illustrates, yet again, the desperation and suffering that results from the denial of access to abortion.

L.C., the young woman in the video, lives in poverty in Lima, Peru.  At the age of 13, she was raped repeatedly by a 34-year-old man, but when she discovered that she was pregnant, he denied that the child could be his.  In desperation, L.C. tried to commit suicide by jumping from a window, but didn’t die; instead, she lay on the ground for hours, paralyzed.  When she was finally found and taken to the hospital, doctors refused to operate because she was pregnant, but also refused her family’s petition for a therapeutic abortion.

Abortion in Peru is illegal except in rare circumstances.  One of these circumstances, however, is when the mother’s health and life are at risk, which was clearly the case with L.C.  Because of the severity of her injuries, L.C. eventually suffered a miscarriage, but it wasn’t until several weeks after the miscarriage and four months after she was told that she needed surgery that she finally received the spinal procedure she needed.  By this time, though, the surgery could have little to no effect, and she remained paralyzed.

The CRR, as with the case that I wrote about yesterday, is litigating on L.C.’s behalf, saying that the lack of oversight is in violation of Peru’s constitution as well as international law.

“Extreme human rights violations against women and girls, such as L.C., occur in Peru on a daily basis,” said Lilian Sepúlveda, who represents L.C.  “As L.C.’s case illustrates, it is not enough to simply pass a law that permits access to abortion - it is imperative that governments establish and enforce regulations that guarantee women are able to obtain those services and obtain them safely.”

In countries where the right to abortion is severely limited, strict laws often amount to complete prohibitions without necessary oversight, as we can see from these two incidents.  Although these countries should provide reproductive choice in far more circumstances than they do, the fact that women who have been raped or for whom pregnancy poses a severe health risk can’t access abortion is a human rights travesty, one for which governments should be held accountable.

Photo from Flickr.

107 comments

Lori E.
Lori E7 years ago

The video doesn't say anything about the rapist! WTH?!

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Sarah D.
Sarah D8 years ago

"I do endorse the right to life and option to adopt out."

The "adopt out" crap is bull. If adoption is so great, why do we have such a high number of homeless children in America and around the world? You anti-choicers are pathetically hypocritical and delusional.

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Sarah D.
Sarah D8 years ago

I hope you anti-choicers are proud of yourselves. This is what happens when you screw around with women's reproductive rights.

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Joy Dantine
Joy Dantine8 years ago

Those governed to oversee now, now know, the importance of reasoning. I do not endorse abortion, I do endorse the right to life and option to adopt out.

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Allan Y.
.8 years ago

In a normal world, this poor girl would not have suffered.

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Fatin Nadia Abu Hassan As
Fatin Nadia8 years ago

Poor girl...I hope the rapist gets jailed for life!!! And shame on the doctors..

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Corinna M.
Corinna M8 years ago

I think it was wrong for this girl to be denied and abortion. I am pro-life, but when it comes to something like this, it's a different story. The person who raped her should be punished as well. It's sad what happened to this poor girl. She should not have gone through what she went through.

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Banbha M8 years ago

Well it would be a different story if the country wasn't run and full of bleeding heart, unrealistic Catholics who think more of fetuses lives than the lives of living people who are actually ON THIS PLANET! Blow up the Catholic Church and this debate about abortion would vanish into thin air.

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Elizabeth S.
Elizabeth S8 years ago

Yet another instance showing the lack of education and misuse of what the Bible teaches.

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Edward M.
Edward M8 years ago

It would appear that the rights of the unelected church are taken as having more value than that of the individual.
Come on people, throw off these arcane superstitions and beliefs and come into the real World.
Look back on the unbelievable history of the Catholic Church, and its Popes, and read how the origins of this bizarre religion started and how it managed to develop into the all powerful organisation that is now placed before us.
If you still follow this unnatural hoodoo, you deserve the same mercies which have been the fate of these poor individuals.

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