Thursday, November 4, 2010

Girl, 10 Gives Birth In Spain

No my friends, that is not a typo.....that is the actual headline from the article in the Huffington Post. Of course I am completely flabbergasted not just by the fact that the mother is a year younger then my daughter, but that the father is all of 13 years old. It brings to the forefront the question, have we desensitized our children to the point that 10 years olds, who are of sexual maturity, can have sex and not grasp emotionally or psychologically the consequences of the sexual act. I can't help but keep thinking about what is going through the minds of this 10 year mother and 13 year old father. I mean, she will be 20 years old when her child is 10....I can't even wrap my mind around that. The mother of the 10 year old girl was quoted in a separate article as saying she is delighted over having a new Grandaughter and that she doesn't understand why the birth has shocked anyone let alone become an international sensation. Um, hello....I am pretty sure 10 year old Mothers are not the norm in your home country of Romania so why wouldn't it be an international story?Below is the article as posted in The Huffington Post and the link to the article with the mother is listed below:

MADRID — A 10-year-old girl has given birth in southern Spain and authorities are evaluating whether to let her and her family retain custody of the baby, an official said Tuesday. The baby was born last week in the city of Jerez de la Frontera, said Micaela Navarro, the Andalusia region's social affairs minister.
Navarro told reporters the father of the baby is also a minor, and both the mother and the baby were in good health. Her department declined to give details, including the sex of the baby, but said authorities do not consider this a case of rape and that no criminal investigation is under way.
Under Spanish law, having consensual sex with someone under age 13 is classified as child abuse, an official with the Spanish Justice Ministry in Madrid said. But this particular case is complicated by the fact that the father of the baby is also a minor and it is not clear if he could be charged, the official said.
Spanish newspapers said the mother is of Romanian origin.
The daily Diario de Jerez reported the girl was already pregnant when she arrived in Spain, but did not say when she came to this country. It is not clear if the father is in Spain.
Medical experts warn that because young girls are still growing, they are at higher risk during pregnancy. Studies have shown that teenage girls are more likely to give birth to premature babies and their infants have a higher chance of dying by age one.

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