You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

World

  • Australian raids prevent beheading plot
    SYDNEY – Police on Thursday said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by supporters of the radical Islamic State group. They raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney, were holding six people and have identified
  • Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola
    Shoppers in Sierra Leone rushed to stock up on food Thursday ahead of a three-day nationwide shutdown, during which the country’s 6 million people will be confined to their homes while volunteers search house-to-house for Ebola
  • NKorea unresponsive to US envoy offer
    North Korea is not accepting American offers to send a high-level envoy to seek the release of three detained Americans, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.  Robert King, the U.S.
Advertisement

Child-abuse pregnancy sparks Chile abortion debate

SANTIAGO, Chile – The case of a pregnant 11-year old has set off a national debate about abortion in the socially conservative nation of Chile.

State TV reports that the girl known only as “Belen” is 14 weeks pregnant.

Police said her mother’s partner has confessed to abusing her.

Doctors said that her life and that of the fetus are at high risk, but abortion is banned in Chile.

Many Chileans were venting outrage on social media Friday. Some have started an online campaign to demand legalization of abortion in cases of rape or health risks for mother.

Chile’s Senate rejected three bills last year that would have eased the absolute ban on abortions.

Chile allowed abortions for medical reasons until they were outlawed in 1973 by Gen. Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship.

Advertisement