The Romanian government ruled Thursday that an 11-year-old rape victim would be allowed to have an abortion in Romania, dismissing the opposition of 20 church groups.
Pro-life Christian Orthodox groups had threatened to press charges if the girl was allowed to have an abortion in Romania because it would be further into the pregnancy than the 14 week legal limit. The girl is 21 weeks pregnant.
The stance of the church groups was different from that of the Romanian Orthodox Church's official position that the decision should be left to the girl's family.
The parents initially wanted to travel to a country where the abortion would be legal.
"We are talking about … the rights of this child, who was subjected to rape and incest," said Theodora Bertzi, a labour ministry official who sat on a committee made up of government officials and experts who ruled on the case.
The girl's pregnancy was revealed earlier this month when her parents took her to a doctor because she appeared sick. She told doctors she had been raped by her 19-year-old uncle, who has since disappeared.
The case has bitterly split the medical community, child rights groups and the public in Romania.
In a statement, the church groups offered "material, spiritual and psychological help" to the girl's impoverished family, adding they would also raise the child in a church institution if the family was unable to care for it.
But splits were apparent even within the church.
Constantin Stoica, spokesman for the Romanian Orthodox Church, to which more than 80 per cent of Romanians belong, said Wednesday it was "an exceptional situation which must be treated in an exceptional manner and the family is the only one to take this decision."
He said the church considers abortion a crime, but this belief applies to normal circumstances and not to incest or rape.
Adoption is an option, however it sounds to me that the entire population around her is going to know who the kid is, who she is, and chances are, even if she's not taking care of it, the child would be in her life just about everywhere she goes, if not by actual physical form, it'll be in the community gossiping, pointing their fingers, shaking their heads, etc..... who the hell wants to live like that? What child would want to live through that, where the entire community is taking care of you because no one else will, that your mother was raped and your father is her uncle, and your mother doesn't want anything to do with you because she wants to live a normal-ish life as best she can?
The child wouldn't even have a father, since the uncle took off into hiding afterwards, so the child isn't going to have much of a future for him or herself, not to mention any possible physical or mental defects from the similar DNA structures combined......
and expecting an 11 year old girl to go through pregnancy and also give birth to a child she never wanted, nor had the choice in the first place of having, for the sake of other people's ease of morals..... isn't moral.