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10-year-old rape victim becomes pregnant with twins

By Mason White 11:01 AM April 9, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
A little girl became pregnant with twins after being raped.

The 10-year-old girl is in her 5th month of pregnancy after being raped by a neighbor.

Now, she has been forced to continue her pregnancy after human rights activists lost their fight to secure a legal abortion. The girl lives Ziguinchor, Senegal, where abortion is illegal.

“The best we can do is to keep the pressure on the authorities to ensure she gets regular screenings and free health care,” a women’s rights organization said.

Abortion laws in Senegal are very strict. A woman convicted of abortion can be imprisoned for up to 10 years. Forty women were jailed on charges related to crimes of abortion or infanticide in the first six months of last year, according to official figures. According to estimates, hundreds of women die each year from botched illegal terminations.