Underage lover didn't know Rocky girl, 12, was pregnant

UPDATE 11.30am: The boy who got a Rocky girl, 12, pregnant, did not know that he had done so.

A Rockhampton girl who is nine-weeks pregnant has been granted the right for an abortion.

Court documents say the father "is a similar age" to the girl.

A judgment was handed down last week about the girl's case where the Central Queensland Health and Hospital Service applied to the Supreme Court on behalf of the child to have the foetus aborted for medical reasons.

In handing down his decision, Justice Duncan McMeekin said: 'It is necessary to do (the abortion) in order to avoid danger to her mental and physical health.'

Details in Justice McMeekin's judgement said the girl had no wish to be a mother.

"Unsurprisingly she feels that she is not fitted for that task," the judgement says.

Read the full judgement here: Judgement for 12-year-old to have an abortion

It said the girl's own mother reported her daughter needed reminding about basic matters involving her own grooming and dress.

The pregnancy termination was to done through the therapeutic administration of the drugs Mifepristone and Misoprostol.

 

EARLIER: A 12-YEAR-OLD Rockhampton girl who is nine-week's pregnant has been granted the right for an abortion.

A judgment was handed down last week about the girl's case where the Central Queensland Health and Hospital Service applied to the Supreme Court on behalf of the child to have the foetus aborted for medical reasons.

The ruling  states the 12-year-old was at risk of suffering psychological harm, possible physical harm, if the pregnancy was not aborted.

It outlines that the child has told health workers and written in her affidavit that she has found the pregnancy 'very stressful emotionally'.

The girl's request for the abortion was also supported by both of her parents.

It is unlawful in Queensland to perform an abortion, unless it is authorised, justified or excused by the law.

As part of the application to the court, reports from medical professionals were submitted, which all backed an abortion for this case.

A psychiatrist reported the girl "... had little or no idea about the process of pregnancy and had no idea of the realistic emotional and physical demands that would be part of caring for and raising a child."

In handing down his decision, Justice Duncan McMeekin said 'It is necessary to do (the abortion) in order to avoid danger to her mental and physical health.'



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