Elena Valenciano, Spanish socialist MEP (Chair of the Humans Right Sub Committee) proposed in the European Parliament to have a debate during next plenary on the case of the Paraguayan 10 years old pregnant girl, who had been raped by her stepfather. Every plenary, the European Parliament has debates on cases and situations of human rights emergencies.
The S&D Group (socialists and democrats) immediately supported Valenciano proposal and took it to the negotiations of the plenary agenda with the rest of the groups. The EPP (Popular Party) and the ECR (conservatives) groups have blocked the possibility of having that debate.
The intentions of Valenciano and the socialist group was to urgently create concern on the danger for the Paraguayan girl´s life, and to open a debate on the situation of mother girls in Latin America were very high numbers of girls between 9 and 14 years are counted. Incest, abuse and violation are common. Only in Paraguay, last year, 600 girls below 14 have been mothers.
In other countries of the region, the ratio of child motherhood is even ten times higher.
The EPP and the right wing majority in the European Parliament always impose a moral restriction to a debate on this hard and dangerous reality. This is not a debate on the religious convenience of pregnancy interruption, but on rights and safety of children, who are victims of abuse and sexual of exploitation without protection or shelter.
The case of the Paraguayan girl has been widely present in international news media and has been supported by key organisations, notably Amnesty International.