After being raped by her uncle, an 11-year-old Romanian girl, who is 21 weeks pregnant will be able to have an abortion, despite the fact that it is forbidden by law.
Due to the exceptional circumstances of her case, the procedure should go ahead, said a government committee.
As Romania’s abortion limit is 14 weeks, it had been suggested that the girl may travel to the UK for the abortion.
If the girl was allowed to abort the foetus, some 20 Christian Orthodox groups had threatened to press charges.
The girl wrote a letter to the government committee in which she said that she wanted to be able“to go to school and to play”.
‘Subjected to rape and incest’
“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.
As the girl was a victim of sexual abuse and faced “major risks to her mental health” the abortion could take place, if the pregnancy continued, he explained.
Theodora Bertzi, another committee member, said it’s by focusing on “the rights of this child who was subjected to rape and incest”, that the decision was made.
The need for “clarifications with regard to the exceptional circumstances” that would allow late-term abortions to go ahead, was highlighted by the case said the committee.
The 19-year-old uncle who raped the girl has disappeared since.
It is only when the family took her to the doctor because she seemed sick that they discovered she was pregnant.
The family has been urged to keep the child and offered to raise it in a church institution by some pro-life Christian Orthodox groups, while the Romanian Orthodox Church said that 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 Britain abortion can be carried out up to 24 weeks in some circumstances, while in Romania it is only normally allowed beyond 14 weeks if the mother’s life is deemed to be at risk.
Living in the UK, a Romanian had offered to cover the costs of a termination there.