Nicaragua Investigates Child’s Abortion
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) _ Nicaragua is investigating whether a crime was committed when doctors performed an abortion on a 9-year-old rape victim, the attorney general announced Monday.
The case has set off a major debate in this Roman Catholic country where abortion is illegal with few exceptions, one of which is when the mother’s life is in danger.
Responding to a criminal complaint filed by an opponent of abortions, Centeno said Monday his office was investigating ``to determine if there was a therapeutic abortion or an illegal abortion.″
The girl, identified as Rosa, had an abortion Thursday at a clinic in Managua, some 16 weeks after she was raped in Costa Rica, a women’s health group announced. A suspect is in custody in the neighboring country.
The Network of Women Against Violence said the procedure was legal as it was performed on doctor’s orders. But a government medical commission said it was not clear the abortion was medically justified, insisting the procedure was as risky for Rosa as giving birth.
On Friday, Health Minister Lucia Salvo called the abortion ``a crime.″ On Sunday, Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo said that those who promoted and carried out the abortion were excommunicated.
The church had tried to persuade the family to have the girl carry the baby to term, offering to keep her and the child at an orphanage.