Chile still has a ways to go

Chile, known for it’s (classically) liberal economic policies for decades, is also notoriously illiberal when it comes to social issues. For instance, it wasn’t until 2004 that couples could legally divorce and abortion is illegal for any reason.

And now there is this: Chilean president praises raped girl, 11, for going through with pregnancy.  The backstory is horrific enough, including the fact that the 11 year old was raped for years by her mother’s boyfriend, that said mother is defending the boyfriend, and that the poor little girl thinks having a baby will be like “having a doll in my arms.”

But on top of that the president decides to weigh in on the situation and praise the girl, saying “She’s 14 weeks pregnant and yesterday she surprised us all with words showing depth and maturity, when she said that despite the pain caused by the man who raped her, she wanted to have and take care of her baby.”

Giorgio Agostini, a forensic psychologist with experience in these types of cases, points out the obvious: “At that age the girl doesn’t have a capacity of discernment; not even at age 14 would she have the mental and emotional capacity to discern this.”

I would think that anyone with any common sense or shred of humanity would recognize this.  The case has already caused an uproar in Chile so perhaps things will start to change.

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