Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has called “unacceptable” the fact that an 11-year-old child terminated her pregnancy legally after being the victim of a rape, in a country where the right to abortion is still very restricted.
“When it comes to SEVEN MONTHS of pregnancy, it doesn't matter how the baby was conceived, or whether abortion is legal or not in that case. It is inadmissible to kill this defenseless being,” declared the Head of State on Twitter.
“The only certainty about this tragedy is that the little girl and the baby are victims , innocent souls, who should not pay for acts of which they are not guilty, but be protected (…) from the harassment of pro-abortion groups,” he added.
The far-right president also posted a photo of an incubator with a baby born premature at 25 months, four months younger than the girl's fetus.
The latter was finally able to have an abortion, after a grueling legal battle. A hospital had initially refused to carry out the legal abortion, and a judge had then induced her to give it up in early May, suggesting that she have the child adopted, according to the Brazilian press.
This The case caused a stir in Brazil, and the slogan “Criança não é mãe” (a child is not a mother) went viral on social networks.
In Brazil, the voluntary interruption of pregnancy (abortion) is only authorized in the event of rape, risk to the mother or serious malformation of the fetus. In other cases, it is considered a crime, punishable by one to three years in prison.
Jair Bolsonaro, 67, elected in 2018 with massive support from evangelical circles, said repeatedly that, if it were up to him, abortion would “never be legal” in Brazil.