Paraguay Told to Protect Life of Pregnant 10-year-old Rape Victim

Paraguay has been told by a leading human rights watchdog to protect the life and health of a pregnant 10-year-old girl allegedly raped by her stepfather but denied an abortion in a case that has sparked a global outcry. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights intervened this week to demand the Paraguayan government act to protect the girl who is six months pregnant, warning she was four times more likely to die in childbirth than an adult. The plight of the girl, known as Mainumby, triggered intense debate in Paraguay about the country's strict law on abortion, which is banned in the predominately Catholic country in all cases except when the mother's life is in danger.