In a letter to the government committee, the girl said she wanted to be able “to go to school and to play”.
“If I can’t do this my life will be a nightmare,” she said, according to a text read out by government committee member Vlad Iliescu.
“The committee has decided that a voluntary termination of the pregnancy can be carried out,” said Mr Iliescu.
He said the abortion could take place because the girl was a victim of sexual abuse and faced “major risks to her mental health” if the pregnancy continued.
In response, 20 “pro-life” Christian Orthodox groups have threatened to press charges.
But despite the predictable actions by anti-choicers, it sounds like other religious groups and community members have rallied around her:
While some pro-life Christian Orthodox groups had urged the family to keep the child, and offered to raise it in a church institution, the Romanian Orthodox Church said any decision on abortion should be left to the family.
The girl’s parents had said they wanted to travel to a country where such a late-term abortion was legal.
In Romania abortion is only normally allowed beyond 14 weeks if the mother’s life is deemed to be at risk. In Britain, they can be carried out up to 24 weeks in some circumstances.
A Romanian living in the UK had offered to cover the costs of a termination there.
It’s a good reminder that there are lots of individuals, organizations and religious groups that are willing to help where they can. It’s easy to get caught up on the actions of fundamentalists, but they are hardly the rule, despite the fact that they’re disproportionately loud and powerful.
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