Early childbirth can pose significant health risks. Girls under the age of 15 are four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related complications, according to the Latin American Consortium against Unsafe Abortion.
, girls and teenagers between the ages of
10 和 19 account for one in ten maternal deaths nationwide
, 以及 13% of maternal deaths caused by unsafe abortions
, according to Amnesty
Paraguay adopted a law in 2018 to prevent sexual abuse and guarantee comprehensive care for child and teenage survivors of sexual abuse. 然而, the report describes the law’s implementation as insufficient, highlighting holes in the protection of young people, “such as the absence of appropriate public policies and the failure to enforce existing laws to prevent abuse and provide redress when it does occur.”
“By action and omission, Paraguay is turning its back on its girls and teenagers as they face unimaginable abuses,” Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International said.
“Girls have the right to a life free of violence. Forcing someone to continue with a pregnancy, particularly when it is the result of rape, is a form of ill-treatment that can be considered torture,” 她补充说.
在 2019 单独, the country’s Public Prosecutor’s Office received an average of 12 reports of sexual violence against children and teenagers every day, which in some cases resulted in pregnancy, 根据报告.
Paraguay’s restrictive stance on abortion has drawn international attention before
. 在 2015, an 11-year-old gave birth after Paraguayan authorities denied her an abortion
. The girl had become pregnant by her 继父