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Old Feb 5, 2010, 11:58 AM   #1
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Girl, 11, Gives Birth to Baby Boy

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An 11-year-old girl in the Northeast recently gave birth to a baby boy, according to the girl’s family.

"My daughter and baby are fine, and the baby is absolutely beautiful," stated the girl’s mother.

The girl and her family are not being named in order to protect the girl’s privacy.

According to Dr. Manny Alvarez, managing health editor of FoxNews.com, the girl’s age places her in significant dangers

"A very comprehensive approach to her care needs to be instituted early in her pregnancy," Alvarez said.

A recent report by the Guttmacher Institute said U.S. teen pregnancies were up 3 percent in 2006.

But of course, this case is not about a teenager, Dr. Abdulla Al-Khan, a leading high-risk obstetrician noted; it’s about a pre-teen, or child, who’s body is not built to carry a child yet.

"Her body is clearly not defined for pregnancy with its short stature," Al-Khan said. "Her chest is not extensively developed for breast tissue, her bones aren’t quite fused, and once you expose a child this young to high amounts of progesterone and especially estrogen, there is controversy that it could halt her growth."

Al-Khan said other medical challenges facing a girl as young as 10 or 11-years-old include:

— The pelvis is not defined for natural childbirth;

— The vagina could sustain injury during a natural birth;

— The patient is at high-risk for pre-eclampsia, which is high blood pressure and protein in the urine and could lead to convulsions and/or multi-system organ failure;

— A higher risk of pre-term labor and delivery, which would mean the baby’s size would be compromised, and the baby is at risk for developmental issues, fetal growth restriction and chromosomal abnormalities;

— Higher incidence of stillbirth;

— Higher incidence of cholestasis of pregnancy, a condition where the patient starts itching like crazy, which can lead to stillbirth and placenta issues;

— Chance of fatty liver developing, which could be fatal.

"The textbooks don’t even tell you how to deal with a 10-year-old; it’s completely different even though we understand the basics," Al-Khan said.

Al-Khan said a patient like this would benefit from early intervention and would have to be seen on a weekly basis during the pregnancy to prevent complications.

"Think about how difficult a pregnancy is for someone in their 20s or 30s . . .the aches, pains, the sleep deprivation," Al-Khan said. "Now imagine it in a child."

There are also psychological issues associated with a pregnancy like this, because a 10-year-old cannot be mentally ready to give birth, Al-Khan said.
What?


Apparently this isn't the only time this has happened.

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Old Feb 5, 2010, 12:06 PM   #2
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Old Feb 5, 2010, 12:14 PM   #4
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Is there going to be an investigation into this rape?
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Old Feb 5, 2010, 01:50 PM   #5
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But... how? How can what we assume to be a then a ten year old girl:

1) Assuming it's not rape, get into a sexual situation?
2) Even get pregnant?
3) Not have an abortion?


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Old Feb 5, 2010, 01:51 PM   #6
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But... how? How can what we assume to be a then a ten year old girl:

1) Assuming it's not rape, get into a sexual situation?
2) Even get pregnant?
3) Not have an abortion?


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I believe the youngest mother was FIVE:
http://www.snopes.com/pregnant/medina.asp
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Old Feb 5, 2010, 01:55 PM   #7
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There was a 9 year old Asian girl on the news Tuesday that had given birth to a baby boy.
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I love children with all my heart; but I think ANYONE getting pregnant before the age of 16 is a disaster and should never happen. Maybe I'll invent a hormone shot that inhibits child conception until a certain age (not
birth control, like an annual/bi-annual shot. Something that has no negative effects). But even at age 16 it's a God damned mistake.
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Old Feb 5, 2010, 04:18 PM   #9
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I love children with all my heart; but I think ANYONE getting pregnant before the age of 16 is a disaster and should never happen. Maybe I'll invent a hormone shot that inhibits child conception until a certain age (not
birth control, like an annual/bi-annual shot. Something that has no negative effects). But even at age 16 it's a God damned mistake.
16 is still to young. Might be ready physically, but I bet 90% of 16 year old girls are not ready to go thru pregnancy, or be a mother.
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But... how? How can what we assume to be a then a ten year old girl:

1) Assuming it's not rape, get into a sexual situation?
2) Even get pregnant?
3) Not have an abortion?


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It's rape no matter what according to the law.
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Old Feb 5, 2010, 04:26 PM   #11
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Aisha was only nine, apparently. But that was different, apparently.
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thats just outrageous, no matter what culture you're in!
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Early pregnancies like this aren't that surprising given that certain girls are beginning to reach puberty at earlier ages. This is almost entirely due to environmental/chemical contamination. Man-made chemicals with structures similar to natural hormones are thus influencing the body to mature at an earlier age (prior to the natural full development of the body). When one reaches puberty, sexual desires arise. This is expected as it is a natural consequence of the heightened hormonal state of puberty. Sexual desires lead to sexual activity and pregnancies like this, thus, occasionally occur. Again, this isn't surprising.
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16 is still to young. Might be ready physically, but I bet 90% of 16 year old girls are not ready to go thru pregnancy, or be a mother.
Nature would beg to differ.
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Any word on the rape investigation? Is there going to be one?
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It's rape no matter what according to the law.
Fair enough. Although I see it as a difference wether she actually wanted it by some sort of horrible choice or someone actually forcefully raped her, it's wrong in all ways imaginable.
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Any word on the rape investigation? Is there going to be one?
The mother and mother's mother are not being identified, so obviously we're not going to know the details.


Also: why are you so dead set on a rape investigation? What if it were her eleven year old boyfriend that knocked her up?
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The mother and mother's mother are not being identified, so obviously we're not going to know the details.


Also: why are you so dead set on a rape investigation? What if it were her eleven year old boyfriend that knocked her up?
Does statutory rape not count if both parties are underage?
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Does statutory rape not count if both parties are underage?
You're sure hell bent on driving this point home, aren't you?

What if she had consensual sex with someone her same age? Maybe before you try to drive home the point that you believe (a word that is missing from your posts) she was raped, you should take the time to look up statutory rape. I am not saying that it is not, but I am saying you seem to have detected a crime where a crime was not at all identified. Of course, your intent could be to make waves and maybe you're asking this board if it applies as if there's a panel of lawyers standing by make that call. Either way, do some research and come to the determination then make a call because clearly whomever had sex with this then 10 year old girl may need to go to jail if they did in fact commit a crime.
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Wow, this is just so sad.
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2) Even get pregnant?
It's not unusual at all for girls to start getting their period at 11, and if they get their period they can get pregnant. Actually it's normal for girls to start getting their period from anywhere between 8 and 16.
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Does statutory rape not count if both parties are underage?
Probably not by statute at any rate.
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I believe an investigation should be done on this regardless of if it was consensual or not.
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I believe an investigation should be done on this regardless of if it was consensual or not.
An investigation may not be relevant or necessary. It may have occurred through innocence and/or ignorance between curious children.
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Probably not by statute at any rate.
In the UK at least, if anyone engages in sexual activity with someone under the age of 13, it would be an offence, regardless of their own age or whether "consent" is obtained - the thinking is that aged under 13 a child is unable to give consent (ie lacks the capacity to make that decision).
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