Posts Tagged Chile

“It will be like having a doll in my arms”

Good morning, and welcome to the worst story you’ve read all day even though it’s only 9am.

Earlier this week, we covered the story of the 11-year-old Chilean girl who is pregnant as a result of rape by her mother’s partner, and who is being denied an abortion because they’re not legal in Chile, even in cases of rape, incest, and to save the mother’s life. This case ticks all three of those boxes.

Raw Story reported yesterday that Chilean President Sebastian Pinera is praising the “maturity” of this little girl because she will not seek an illegal abortion. Everything about this story makes my heart hurt:

The conservative president of Chile praised an 11-year-old girl’s “depth ...

Good morning, and welcome to the worst story you’ve read all day even though it’s only 9am.

Earlier this week, we covered the story of the 11-year-old Chilean girl who is pregnant as a result of ...

Chile won’t let pregnant 11-year-old raped by her mother’s boyfriend have an abortion

She is known as Belén. She is eleven years old and 14 weeks pregnant. She was raped repeatedly by her mother’s boyfriend over the course of two years. The mother claims the relationship that started when her daughter was NINE was consensual. Thankfully, Belén’s grandmother doesn’t see it that way, and she alerted the police to the abuse, which the boyfriend admitted to. There are several reasons even an anti-choicer would think Belén deserves an abortion:

She is eleven years old. She is a rape victim. She is the victim of incest. The pregnancy poses a serious health risk to Belen. The health of the fetus is at risk

Belén’s doctors want to terminate. But they are afraid to. Because Belén happens to live in ...

She is known as Belén. She is eleven years old and 14 weeks pregnant. She was raped repeatedly by her mother’s boyfriend over the course of two years. The mother claims the relationship that started when ...

Chile’s student movement renews protests after negotiations fall apart


Chilean student leader Camila Vallejo (Image credit: Aliosha Marquez/AP)

For the last several months, Chilean students have been in revolt. They’re demanding “free and equal quality” university education for all, and they’ve launched what’s become the nation’s largest protest movement since the days of Pinochet to get it.

Since May, the movement has organized 37 protests, including a kiss-a-thon!, which have drawn up to 200,000 students at a time. More than 100,000 students have boycotted classes, and students have occupied around 200 state elementary and high schools and a dozen universities. These teenagers at a prestigious girls’ school, for instance, jumped the fence of their school one early morning and have barricade themselves inside for the ...


Chilean student leader Camila Vallejo (Image credit: Aliosha Marquez/AP)

For the last several months, Chilean students have been in revolt. They’re demanding “free and equal quality” university education for all, and they’ve launched what’s ...