Latin American rape survivors who were denied abortions turn to UN

5568Source: The Guardian

By Liz Ford

Four women from Latin America whose lives were put at risk when they were not allowed abortions after being raped as girls are taking their cases to the UN human rights committee.

The women, from Nicaragua, Ecuador and Guatemala, filed cases against their governments on Wednesday for failing to provide appropriate healthcare and denying them abortions, even when it was their legal right to have one.

Now aged between 18 and 23, the women were 14 or younger when they were raped. All were attacked by older men and dropped out of school after discovering they were pregnant. Although each of the women filed a police complaint, no one was ever arrested or charged in connection with the attacks.

The cases are being being brought on behalf of the women by the Center for Reproductive Rights, a US-based legal NGO, and Planned Parenthood Global, with law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLC, as well as local partners.

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