07.10.135:01 PM ET

Pregnant 11-Year-Old Praised for ‘Maturity’

Chilean president lambasted for comments.

¿Por qué, Chile? The country’s president, Sebastián Piñera, lauded an 11-year-old pregnant girl after she went on TV to give an interview about keeping her child. Even though her mother’s partner admitted to raping the girl, Chilean officials refused to budge on the country’s abortion ban. “She’s 14 weeks pregnant, and yesterday she surprised us all with words showing depth and maturity, when she said that, despite the pain caused by the man who raped her, she wanted to have and take care of her baby,” Piñera said. He instructed the health minister to personally look after the girl. His comments were harshly criticized as they circulated on social media. In an interview that obscured her face, the girl said, “It will be like having a doll in my arms. I’m going to love the baby very much, even though it comes from that man who hurt me.”