Thursday, July 11, 2013
Do You Know An 11 Year Old Girl?
I do. Think of the one you know while you read this. In Chile, an 11 year old girl was repeatedly raped by her stepfather. She is now pregnant - 14 weeks. Abortion is illegal in Chile regardless of the circumstances. She is now in the national limelight. Think of this young girl. Abused in her own home. Forsaken by her mother who did not protect her. And now the object of nationwide debate. Pressured for a comment she has said that having the baby will "be like having a doll in my arms". The Chilean President Sebastian Pinera praises her for "depth and maturity. A member of Parliament- a man - opines that from the moment of a woman's first period she is ready to procreate. There is apparently no political will to change the law. No political courage to protect the child. The child's doctors impotently declare the pregnancy high-risk. The days pass. What value is protected by this travesty? Do you remember the song "Send in the Clowns"? Don't bother, they're here.