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11-year-old’s pregnancy sets off abortion debate in Chile


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Daniel Alvarado, a prosecutor for the public ministry, told state TV that the case of the pregnant 11-year-old would be treated as a rape in any circumstance because at that age a person "doesn’t have maturity to consent to a sexual relationship within law."

"It’s not possible for any person at that age to have the capacity to understand the consequences on an act of that nature," Alvarado added.

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In Latin America, only Cuba, Uruguay and some local governments make early abortions accessible to all women.

Uruguay recently passed a law authorizing elective abortions in the first three months of pregnancy in the most liberal law of its kind in Latin America. Passage of the law was widely seen as a landmark for a region in which many countries outlaw abortion in all circumstances.

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