INTERNATIONAL: 11-year-old rape victim denied abortion gives birth in Paraguay

By Rafael Romo, CNN, and journalist Sanie López Garelli

capture-20150815-133038CNN – An 11-year-old girl denied an abortion after allegedly being raped by her stepfather has given birth to a healthy baby girl in Asunción, Paraguay, where a fierce debate is brewing over a law banning most abortions.

Thursday’s birth was confirmed by Asunción Red Cross Director Mario Villalba.

In the mostly Catholic country, 684 girls between the ages of 10 and 14 gave birth last year. Most of the minors had been victims of sexual abuse, according to government figures. A Paraguayan law bans abortions except in cases where the pregnancy endangers the mother’s life.

The baby was born by cesarean and weighed 3 kilograms (about 6.6 pounds). Villalba said the baby and her mother “are in good health condition.” He also said doctors are monitoring them closely. They are expected to be released within three days if no complications arise.

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