JUAREZ, MEXICO - MARCH 26: Residents look out at a crime scene involving the killing of a 13 year old boy in a car, one of numerous murders over a 24 hour period, March 26, 2010 in Juarez, Mexico. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano all visited Mexico on March 23 for discussions centered on Mexico's endemic drug-related violence. The border city of Juarez, Mexico has been racked by violent drug related crime recently and has quickly become one of the most dangerous cities in the world to live. As drug cartels have been fighting over ever lucrative drug corridors along the United States border, the murder rate in Juarez has risen to 173 slayings for every 100,000 residents. President Felipe Calderon's strategy of sending 7000 troops to Juarez has not mitigated the situation. With a population of 1.3 million, 2,600 people died in drug-related violence last year and 500 so far this year, including two Americans recently who worked for the U.S. Consulate and were killed as they returned from a children's party. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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MEXICO CITY (AP) – Officials in northern Mexico have denied an abortion to a 13-year-old girl who was raped by a family acquaintance, an advocacy group said Monday.
Abortion is legal in Mexico in cases of rape. But Regina Tames, director of the Group for Information on Reproductive Choice, said officials in Sonora state are relying on a judge's decision to classify the assault on the girl as a crime in which consent was obtained through deception or seduction, reasoning it falls short of rape.
"She has the right as the victim of sexual aggression to end the pregnancy," Tames said. "The classification of the crime doesn't matter."
The attack occurred in May, but the group did not become aware of it until last week, Tames said. The family reported the assault to state investigators the same day it occurred.
The girl was not offered emergency contraception upon reporting the rape, Tames said.
A representative in the communications department for the Sonora state health agency said officials were meeting about the case and would comment later.
Tames said the family was considering bringing the girl to Mexico City for an abortion where it is legal up to 12 weeks.
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