An 11-year-old in Paraguay who was denied an abortion after allegedly being raped by her stepfather has given birth to a baby girl.
The child delivered the baby by Caesarean section at the Red Cross hospital in Asuncion, the country’s capital, and both are doing well.
The girl was allegedly raped and made pregnant by her stepfather when she was 10.
He has been arrested and is awaiting trial, while the girl’s mother has been charged with negligence.
Along with the girl’s grandmother, the mother has requested custody of the unnamed baby.
The girl’s mother had made a request to the government for her child to be given an abortion, but this was refused because the girl’s life was not deemed to be at risk from the pregnancy – the only circumstance under which the procedure is allowed in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.