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Iā€™m Tracy Au and I have graduated from the Professional Writing program from university. I am an aspiring screenwriter, so this blog is used to promote my writing and attract people who will hire me to write for your TV show or movie. I write a lot about writing, TV, movies, jokes, and my daily life and opinions. I have another blog promoting my TV project at

Friday, May 8, 2015

She's pregnant at 10 years old. Take action to help her.

She's pregnant at
10 years old. Take
action to help her.

Dear Tracy,

Last month, a 10-year-old girl arrived with her mother at a hospital in Paraguay, complaining of a stomachache.

On examination, doctors discovered she was pregnant ā€” the result of being raped by her stepfather.

While the girl is in stable condition right now, the director of the hospital where she is staying has publicly acknowledged that her health is in danger if this pregnancy progresses. Take action now.

Health professionals worldwide agree that pregnancy poses specific risks to young girls whose bodies aren't yet fully developed. This means that all options, including safe abortion services, must be made available.

However, there are no signs that access to a safe abortion has been granted ā€” despite the fact that it is legal in Paraguay when the mother's life is at-risk. Instead, Amnesty has heard that the girl has been sent to a center for young mothers.

Following pleas from activists like you, we learned recently that a panel to review the girl's case has been created. We must continue to call on this panel to act promptly to ensure her safety.

It's up to us to make sure no time is lost in protecting this girl's life. Stand with us in demanding that this life-saving medical procedure is granted.

In solidarity,

Tarah Demant
Senior Director, Identity and Discrimination Unit
Amnesty International USA


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