A child who became pregnant after allegedly being raped by her uncle had to be protected by military police as she went to get an abortion.
The alleged victim, 10, was named online by an anti-abortion activist who sought to stop her from having a termination.
She initially went to hospital in the Brazilian state of Sao Mateus on August 7 complaining of abdominal pains. Doctors discovered she was pregnant.
The child told police she had been raped by her uncle since she was six and feared speaking up. A man, 33, is reportedly on the run.
Brazil has highly restrictive laws on abortion, but terminations are allowed in cases of rape, when the mother’s life is at risk, or when the foetus has the birth defect anencephaly.
Even though the girl was legally allowed to have an abortion, the hospital in her home state refused to treat her.
She was forced to fly more than 900 miles to the north-eastern city of Recife for the procedure, the Guardian reported.
When she arrived at the hospital, she was met with protests as anti-abortion activists tried to stop the termination going ahead.
Protesters hurled abuse at the girl and hospital staff, calling them ‘killers’. At one point, they tried to gain entry to the hospital but were stopped by military police who guarded the entrance.
The girl was reportedly smuggled onto the hospital’s premises in the boot of a car and entered the building via a side door.
According to Brazil’s national newspaper G1, the girl’s name and location were posted in an online video by right-wing anti-abortion activist Sara Giromini, who falsely claimed the girl had been kidnapped and forced to undergo the procedure.
A judge ordered Google, Facebook and Twitter to remove the personal details of the 10-year-old from their sites. It is not yet clear whether Giromini will face charges.
Pro-choice activist Paula Viana, who escorted the girl to the hospital, told the Guardian she was shocked by the public reaction.
She said: ‘It’s just unbelievable this is happening in Brazil, that part of the population really believes abortion is worse than rape.’
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