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Judge Joana Ribeiro Zimmer promoted after denying abortion for girl, 11

Judge Joana Ribeiro Zimmer promoted after denying abortion for girl, 11



Judge Joana Ribeiro Zimmer who banned 11-year-old rape victim from having an abortion is PROMOTED by legal officials in Brazil

Forbidding an 11-year-old girl from getting an abortion in Brazil, a judge was promoted.

The judgment made by Judge Joana Ribeiro Zimmer resulted in great indignation; nonetheless, the Court of Justice ultimately concluded that she was “particularly deserving” of a promotion, and as a result, she was given the promotion.

Officials in Brazil have rejected taking her ruling into consideration on the 11-year-old girl who is being held in a protected environment to prevent her from obtaining an abortion.

She also claimed that she was offered the post before the controversy regarding the abortion verdict. The new duty for the judge will include moving to the district of Brusque, and the judge stated that she was offered the job before the controversy.

In response to the ruling, officials from the department of justice had indicated that they were considering opening an investigation into Ribeiro Zimmer; nevertheless, it has now come to light that she has been promoted to a more responsible position within the department.


The young woman, who had been raped earlier in the year in her family home in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, was taken by her mother to a doctor in the city of Florianopolis when she was 22 weeks pregnant. The incident occurred in the state of Santa Catarina.

A medical professional stated that they could only perform an abortion on a patient up to 20 weeks pregnant and that they required a court order in order to do so after that point in time.

When the matter was finally brought before Judge Zimmer, he reportedly informed the court that if the mother truly cared about her daughter’s safety, she would not “subject her to homicide.”

There is no other information available about the rape that was committed on the young woman who is now in the 29th week of her pregnancy or the perpetrator of the crime.


In Brazil, having an abortion is a criminal offense that can result in jail time, with the exception of circumstances in which the woman has been raped and there is a threat to the mother’s life.

According to a report by the Intercept, a medical professional examined the young child while she was accompanied by her mother on May 4 at the Polydoro Ernani de So Thiago University Hospital.

Prosecutor Mirela Dutra Alberton contended that the pregnancy was high risk, noting, “Clearly, a young child’s developing biological structure is not conducive to pregnancy.”

However, when the matter reached court, Judge Joana Ribeiro Zimmer ruled against abortion, and the teen was taken to a women’s shelter.

If she had not been removed to the shelter, her mother reportedly would have performed an abortion herself.


The mother was informed by Judge Zimmer that if she had allowed the termination, she would not be “protecting her kid” but rather “subjecting her to a homicide.”

During the course of the hearing, the judge expressed his opinion that the young woman should consider placing her unborn child for adoption, stating that there were “30,000 families that wanted the baby.”

However, the judge’s decision to deny the request for an abortion is being looked into by the court’s department of internal affairs at this time.

“Because Brazilian law only permits abortion in cases of rape, foetal anencephaly, or risk to life, in 2012 the country’s Ministry of Health reported only 1,626 legal abortions in a nation with 203 million people,” said the IPAS organization, which campaigns for abortion rights in Brazil. “Because Brazilian law only permits abortion in cases of rape, foetal anencephaly, or risk to life,” said IPAS.


On the other hand, it is believed that one million Brazilian women get abortions every single year.

When they choose to terminate an undesired pregnancy, many of these women, particularly those who lack the financial or social resources to see a well-trained, willing provider, put themselves in a position where they face a significant legal risk.

“The repercussions on one’s physical health can likewise be catastrophic.”

The case is ongoing.


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