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Rape Victim, 11, Forced To Give Birth Despite Pleading For Abortion

Lucia became pregnant after being raped by her grandmother's 65-year-old partner.

Lucia went to a public hospital in Argentina's north-western province of Tucuman to ask for an abortion at 19-weeks pregnant.

It took authorities five weeks to decide whether to go ahead with the procedure, with requests from the child, her mother and a number of women's rights activists were repeatedly ignored.

Many doctors refused to go ahead with the abortion, citing their personal beliefs.

After the lengthy delays, medical professionals decided it would be too risky for the girl's health to perform the termination so, at 23 weeks Lucia was taken into surgery where doctors performed a caesarean section.

People protest in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 25 February 2019, to demand court allow abortion for an 11-year-old girl who was raped by her 65-year-old grandmother's partner Photo: AAP

The baby was born on Tuesday weighing just 500g and while she's alive, doctors say she has little chance of surviving.

The new mother is said to be in a good condition.

Local media reports that Lucia was firm about wanting to terminate her pregnancy from the outset, telling officials: "I want this thing the old man put inside me taken out".

Abortion is legal in Argentina if the pregnancy is the result of rape, or when a mother's health is at risk.

Pro-choice activists in favor of decriminalizing abortion, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Feb. 19, 2019 IMAGE: Tomas F. Cuesta/AP

Amnesty International said the girl met both these criteria.

According to Marie Stopes Australia, nearly half of the 56 million abortions worldwide each year, are unsafe.

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"No one should be forced to go through what this young girl went through",  the groups CEO Jamal Hakim tod SBS News. "It is time that nations like Argentina review their laws so that they are compassionate and safe," he said.

The 65-year-old man accused of raping the girl has since been arrested and remains in custody.

The incident had sparked a huge debate about abortion in Argentina.