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Outrage in Brazil as judge bans pregnant 11-year-old rape victim from having an abortion

A judge in Brazil has banned an 11-year-old girl who became pregnant after being raped from having an abortion, prompting widespread outrage. 

Joana Ribeiro Zimmer is now being investigated after it came to light yesterday that she refused to help the unnamed girl who was raped in her family home in southern Brazil’s Santa Catarina state.

The girl was raped earlier this year, and was accompanied by her mother to a doctor in Florianopolis when she was 22 week pregnant. 

A medic refused to perform the abortion, saying they could only perform an abortion on someone up to 20 weeks, and that they needed a court order. 

It was then that the case reached Judge Zimmer who reportedly told the court if the mother wanted to protect her daughter she would not ‘submit her to homicide’. 

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