Today in Cis Privilege: Girls & women arrested for abortions after rape & when at risk to their own lives

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is fighting fierce conservative opposition to allow abortion for women and girls who are raped, carrying non-viable fetuses or facing life-threatening pregnancy complications.

Last month, a 17-year-old girl turned up at a Santiago public hospital near death from bleeding. A doctor at the hospital called police to report her: she had had a back-alley abortion, which is illegal in Chile. Police searched the girl’s home and reported finding blood-stained underwear. Prosecutors say that she is facing 3.5 to five years in prison. In recent years, cases like hers, or that of Belen, an 11-year-old raped by her stepfather, have rocked Chile’s traditional and overwhelmingly Roman Catholic society.

Others like journalist Monica Perez have to go forward with a pregnancy knowing full well the baby would not live.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/06/02/teen-girls-arrest-reignites-debate-in-chile-over-abortion-rights/

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