After being raped by a family friend, L.C., a 13-year-old Peruvian girl, found out she was pregnant. When she confronted her attacker, he denied that he could have caused the pregnancy. L.C. was so distraught that she tried to kill herself by jumping off the roof of a neighboring house.
Her suicide attempt didn’t work — instead, she lay on the ground until she was found and brought to a nearby hospital. But once doctors there found out she was pregnant, they refused to operate, “insisting that she wait until she gave birth first.”
L.C.’s family tried to persuade them to perform an abortion, and despite the fact that the Peruvian Medical Association would later agree that L.C.’s circumstances met the requirements for abortion under Peruvian law — that the woman would suffer “grave and permanent damage” to her health if she carried the pregnancy to term — the doctors still denied her the care she needed. Eventually, L.C. miscarried, but because her injuries had been unattended for so long, she’s now permanently paralyzed from the waist down, with little use of her arms and no control of her bowels.
The Center for Reproductive Rights has taken up her case. Watch this video, and share it, so her story is heard.