MANAGUA, Nicaragua - A government board is studying whether a 9-year-old girl could carry a baby to term safely while considering her family's request to have an abortion. The girl's parents said she was raped in Costa Rica and have asked for the government's approval to give her an abortion. Abortion is allowed in Nicaragua in cases of sexual abuse, when the mother's life is in danger, and when the fetus has severe deformities. All must be confirmed by three separate specialists and a government medical board must give its approval. 

In interviews with local television stations, the girl said she did not want to have a baby because she didn't want to share her toys with other children...

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Should this 9-year-old girl be granted an abortion? See story.
MANAGUA, Nicaragua - A government board is studying whether a 9-year-old girl could carry a baby to term safely while considering her family`s request to have an abortion. The girl`s parents said she was raped in Costa Rica and have asked for the government`s approval to give her an abortion. Abortion is allowed in Nicaragua in cases of sexual abuse, when the mother`s life is in danger, and when the fetus has severe deformities. All must be confirmed by three separate specialists and a government medical board must give its approval.

In interviews with local television stations, the girl said she did not want to have a baby because she didn`t want to share her toys with other children...

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19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 5/8/03 - 11:29:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
I doubt this story is true and if it is, she dhould never have to go through that at that age- no one should ever have to be raped EVER.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 5/8/03 - 11:37:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
I am prolife but an abortion should be granted in this case. It's not likely she's achieved her full growth at 9 and letting her carry the child to term is likely to cause serious medical and psychological conditions for both mother and child. Pregnancy isn't usually a disease, but in this case it might be.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 5/8/03 - 11:47:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
OMG! how did a nine year old get pregnant!?!? she's at the age before puberty hits so she couldn't have gotten pregnant. but even so she should be allowed to get pregnant if infact this story is true
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 5/8/03 - 11:47:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
haha i meant to say she should be allowed to get an abortion
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 5/8/03 - 12:01:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's possible to reach puberty earlier than the age of 12. Physical trauma can cause early menstruation.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 5/8/03 - 12:26:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
dolphy, dear, the story is very true and was publicized widely when it first happened. It bothers me that I see people making critical comments about this child...I know some of them are sarcastic, but some aren't. The "sharing" comment simply illustrates that she's far too young to even understand what happened to her body. She can't even grasp the concept of being pregnant. How could she be expected to deal psychologically with carrying a child, especially following the trauma of being raped?! This ranks among the most awful stories I've herd.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Thursday 5/8/03 - 12:26:48 PM EST (GMT-5)
*heard, that is...
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 5/11/03 - 9:24:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
I really have no clue why this is even an issue! It was sexual abuse, and as far as all of you people saying that she is being childish, you make me want to vomit. My sister is 9 years old and there is noooooooooo way in hell that she would be able to have a child. And anyway i started menstruating when i was 9 years old too, and that just because you can physically concieve a child, that doesnt mean that you can handle it. there is no way that this 9 year old could have a baby full term w/ no complications. We should not even be reading this, it should have already been taken care of.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 5/11/03 - 9:30:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
and it is really inappropriate for everyone to be joking about this, how about if that was your little sister? or daughter? then would you think that its funny? probably not.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 5/11/03 - 9:47:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
i can understand wanting this girl to have an abortion since she's only 9, and the immense pain she would suffer and has suffered. but personally i dont believe in abortion, so maybe she could have the kid, and give it up. or have her parents take care of it like it was theres until she was old enough to understand.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 5/11/03 - 10:11:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
I almost cried when reading this story. So sad. If you look for follow ups on this story, she apparently also has two venereal diseases. This young girl's life will be very hard from here on. Very hard. I hope with all my heart that she will recover well and that her family and friends will support her as she grows, matures and realizes how different her life has been from other children's.
19 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Sunday 5/11/03 - 10:46:08 PM EST (GMT-5)
yeah kill the baby...
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 7/30/03 - 10:15:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
"a nine year old should never have to have a baby" Well a nine year old should never have to undergo an abortion either...there is no way out. Any 'solution' will be traumatic...the whole situation is traumatic. The child's life is sacred...both of them. YOu cannot kill the baby. It is possible for her to carry the baby to viability and save both their lives.
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 7/30/03 - 10:46:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
I agree with pocketprnces and 29. It is a hard thing to have to go through but these things happen for a reason. Sometimes those reasons are not readily observable, but they are there. It is very hard case. She should not have to go through any of this, but there are worse things that could have happened. I do not believe that an abortion should be granted. I know her body could not physically deliver the baby vaginally but she could have a C-Section. I hate to sound insensitive but this is just how I feel. I do not like the killing of any life. I agree that this is a tough case, but we must remember that these cases are not the norm when it comes to abortion. Very tough. I am glad I do not have to make this decision. I understand what Steph is saying, but I still think that it would be better to keep the extra life. There are many who would take the child and the 9 year old is already traumatized. I hate this. Just glad it iis not my family. Sorry.
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 7/30/03 - 10:49:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
To anyone who said she was "childish" for not wanting to share her toys. SHE IS A CHILD!! That very comment about not wanting to share her toys only illustrates the fact that she is too young to handle this kind of situation. As for "teach her a lesson" - WTF?! She was RAPED. It's not like she was sleeping around..!! She should definitely be granted an abortion.
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 7/30/03 - 10:55:24 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm not sure if you can get pregnant at nine...I suppose so, but you'd have to be a really fast developer.
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 7/30/03 - 10:59:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
If the mothers life is at risk if she takes it to term,she should get the abortion.If it is not and a succesful birth is possible,she should have the child. There are girls even younger who have had children.It's really odd
19 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 7/30/03 - 11:08:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'm pro-life, and of course she should NOT get an abortion. Abortion is the killing of a human being! After the child is born, she should give it up for adoption.
18 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 11/17/03 - 3:17:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
for all the people who said you were pro-life have you thought about the life of the child - as in the one that is alive - the 9 year old.
for those who said she is being selfish - catch a grip. she is a little girl.
If I had been raped at 9 I think I would have been able to cope far better going to sleep and having an abortion than in walking around 9 months pregnant, going through labour and then having a child.
Some non-nice individual inserted his sperm in her. There is no way a society can say that sperm should be allowed to grow within her, become a child and get life. The whole debate is pointless. It isn't an issue unless you are crazy. She should have been given the morning after pill and failing that been offered an abortion, or better still not even told about the baby to save further trauma and just had an abortion. All this publicity, all this debate will confuse her further. A baby raped by an animal and then forced to have a baby - it's sick
18 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 11/17/03 - 3:18:18 PM EST (GMT-5)
It is sick. What if the animal was like a platypus or something? No one wants a platyhuman.
18 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 11/17/03 - 3:18:41 PM EST (GMT-5)
the word non-nice was a replacement by the site for a,s,s,h,o,l,e - clarifying that as a paedophile who rapes an 9 year old cannot be described as non-nice
18 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 11/17/03 - 3:20:27 PM EST (GMT-5)
Of course they should grant her the abortion...R u crazy? A nine year old carrying a child?? Theres a possibility that you kill two people instead of an unborn...
18 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 4/12/04 - 3:28:06 AM EST (GMT-5)
she should definitely be granted an abortion. She's only a child herself, you can see that from the toys comment...
18 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 4/12/04 - 3:31:33 AM EST (GMT-5)
And people are saying how childish it is for her to make such a comment about her toys? Let me remind everyone that this girl was RAPED. This was bound to have SERIOUS emotional effects on her.
18 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Monday 4/12/04 - 3:32:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
Sure, let her murder a baby...

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