14 Oct 2012

Abortion case in Argentina

5:32 am on 14 October 2012

Doctors in Argentina have carried out an abortion on a woman rescued from a prostitution ring, following a Supreme Court ruling to allow the termination to go ahead.

Abortion is illegal in Argentina except in rape cases or to protect a woman's health.

The BBC reports doctors carried out the abortion on Friday morning.

A judge on Tuesday blocked the procedure, saying there was no proof that the woman had been raped.

The case led to days of protests and revived the debate in Argentina. The Supreme Court ruling was issued on Thursday night.

Several doctors and nurses refused initially to get involved in the termination, as conscientious objectors.

Argentina's Health Ministry intervened to clarify the procedure was legal and those involved in carrying it out would not be punished.

The BBC reports the woman, 32, was on the 10th week of pregnancy. She said she had been kidnapped and forced into prostitution.