Fatou Kine Camara

Fatou Kine Camara

A 10-year-old girl Senegalese girl who was raped by her neighbor and pregnant with twins has lost the fight to get an abortion due to Senegal’s abortion laws.

“She is going to have to go through with the pregnancy,” said Fatou Kine Camara, president of the Senegalese women lawyers’ association, which has been campaigning to the authorities for her to have a legal abortion.

Senegal, in west Africa, has one of the toughest abortion laws on the continent. Woman found guilty of having an abortion face 10 years in jail, reports The Guardian. Forty women were held in custody in Senegal in the first six months of 2012, linked to abortion charges. Not only are the women punished, but the doctors who help them can lose their license.

“For a termination to be legal in Senegal, three doctors have to certify that the woman will die unless she aborts immediately. Poor people in Senegal are lucky if they see one doctor in their lifetime, let alone three,” Camara said.

“A single medical certificate costs 10,000 CFA francs ($20), which is prohibitive. We had a previous case of a raped nine-year-old who had to go through with her pregnancy. We paid for her caesarean but she died a few months after the baby was born, presumably because the physical trauma of childbirth was too great.”

Read more at The Guardian.

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  • Aiych

    This is infuriating. The lives of women and girls seem to matter so little to lawmakers in many countries. The man should die if the girl dies due to pregnancy related complications. He should’ve already been killed for violating her in the first place. I agree with taking her out of the country for the abortion, although I do wonder if she would face any consequences upon her return to Senegal. Hopefully not.

  • Wow, heartbreaking.

  • AnneFoxgirl

    If she doesn’t survive pregnancy, the rapist should be sentenced to death by inflation.

  • Anonymous

    I do not normally believe in abortion, but a 10 year old could easily die from a singleton birth and most likely won’t even make it to term with twins. This is not an adult who consented to sex and got pregnant, this is a little girl who is probably going to die. :(

  • A.

    It is so sad that a female child’s life is less important than a fetus. So terrible and tragic and so sick.