The Minister of the Presidency of Bolivia, María Nela Prada, rejected this Wednesday that it is intended to force girls to be mothers, in the middle of the controversial case of an 11-year-old minor who was raped by her grandmother and who is now being forced to give birth.
“Girls are girls, they are not mothers. We live in a secular state and of course, internationally, it is considered that the pregnancy of a minor is a form of torture“, Prada told journalists, says the Bolivian Information Agency (HELP).
The minister gave these statements in relation to the case of an 11-year-old girl, from the town of Yapacaní in the department of Santa Cruz, who became pregnant after being victim of repeated sexual abuse by her stepfather’s father. Although the victim’s mother initially requested the termination of the pregnancy, pressure from anti-abortion organizations and the Catholic Church coerced her to retract her request.
In this regard, Minister Prada said: “We should not, at all, decide in this case. Unfortunately he is doing it from some instances about the life of a girl, who at no time has chosen to be a mother. “
The little girl, who is more than 20 weeks pregnant, has explicitly said that she does not want to be a mother, so the Bolivian minister has supported her decision and urged society to strongly condemn this type of act.
After the case was made public, the United Nations System in Bolivia (UN Bolivia) issued a release to make “an urgent appeal to intensify efforts to protect the rights of girl victims of sexual violence and of forced pregnancies, extreme manifestations of gender-based violence, which constitute acts of torture “.
UN Bolivia recalled that “given the alarming cases of sexual violence and forced pregnancy in girls under 15 years of age,” there is an international and local regulatory framework, “which must be applied in a comprehensive and timely manner to guarantee the full exercise of the rights of the victims.”
“The pregnancy of a girl not only puts her life, her health and her life project at risk, but also threatens your mental and emotional health, their bodily autonomy, encouraging and reinforcing inequalities, the cycle of poverty and discrimination “, says the text.
The UN also considered it essential that in this type of case, “the State activates the comprehensive protection mechanisms in a timely manner” so that the current regulations that guarantee the rights of girls are complied with.
“They and their families, before giving consent or making a decisionThey must receive clear, scientific and timely information and guidance, respecting their confidentiality and privacy, avoiding social, religious or other pressures that promote revictimization and violate their rights, “says the United Nations.
The international body also recalls that based on Plurinational Constitutional Judgment 0206/2014, “the woman and the girl may, as an option, access the legal interruption of pregnancy in the event of rape, incest, rape and when their life or health is at risk.”