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Amnesty International: Sexual violence and abortion laws in Paraguay drive child pregnancy epidemic

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - At least 1,000 girls aged 14 and under gave birth in Paraguay between 2019 and 2020, the report states. It adds that over 12,000 adolescents between the ages of 15 and 19 gave birth in 2019.

The report titled "They're Girls, Not Mothers" highlights a crisis of sexual violence against girls, who are then forced to complete their pregnancies under Paraguayan law.

The South American nation's abortion laws are some of the most extreme in the region, with the procedure criminalized in virtually all circumstances except when the mother's life is . . .

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