by Jennifer Lance on November 3, 2010
Yesterday, we shared with you how hormone disrupting chemicals have changed the age of puberty for girls to nine-years-old.
The consequences of such early changes are far reaching, and one that is perhaps most shocking to discover is that a ten-year-old girl has just given birth!
Early menstruation and breast development may lead to early sexual activity. For one little girl, this means she is now a mother.
The Daily Mail reports:
- A girl in Spain has become one of the world’s youngest mothers after giving birth at age ten.
- She had a child weighing 6lb 6oz during a natural birth last week at a hospital in Jerez de la Frontera, in the southern region of Andalusia.
- Both mother and baby have been allowed out of hospital and are in perfect health, but social services are studying the case.
Spanish law does classify “consensual” intercourse with a child under 13 “child abuse”; however, the father is also a minor complicating the issue.
The new child mother is an immigrant from Romania, and her mother has stated to officials that child mothers are “something common in my country”. According to World Health Organization adolescent pregnancy statistics:
- About 16 million women 15–19 years old give birth each year, about 11% of all births worldwide.
- Ninety-five per cent of these births occur in low- and middle-income countries. The average adolescent birth rate in middle- income countries is more than twice as high as that in high-income countries, with the rate in low-income countries being five times as high.