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I was made to give up my daughter'

Luisa, 16, is living with her one-year-old daughter in a home for young mothers in Guatemala City run by Casa Alianza, a non-profit organisation which helps children living on the streets and vulnerable teenagers.
“I was in a relationship with a guy and I got pregnant. My mother was really angry about it. She banned me from seeing him and we took the decision to have an abortion. I went with this lady to have injections to induce an abortion but it didn't work. Then my aunt found an ad in the paper that offered help to pregnant teenagers. My aunt and I went to the city to see the people and soon afterwards they called to say they had a place for me in a home already. I stayed with them until I had the baby. I wasn't the only one there. There were six, seven, eight girls in the pregnancy home, some older and some younger than me. We didn't really talk - we were kept in our rooms almost all the time. Our families would come to visit once a week. The people at the home didn't say anything about adoption for a while. Then, when the baby was born, they asked me if I wanted to give her up for adoption or if I wanted to keep her. My parents and I decided that we would give her up, although from the start I didn't really want to. The adoption lawyer made me sign some documents and some blank papers. I asked why I had to sign these blank papers and she said it was for the adoption process. My baby was born on 21 November 2006 and they took her away from me on 7 December. The lawyer told me she would give me money for the baby but I said I didn't want anything.

Lawyer's threat
So why did I agree? Well, my parents didn't have very much money and these people told me that the baby would have a home and education. But at the same time I didn't feel good about giving her up. From the day I did, I cried all day every day, and when I saw people with their babies I felt I was a really bad mother. After that, I got together with the guy again and he asked me about the girl. He knew I was giving her up but he didn't agree with it. We decided to go to the adoption lawyer's office and ask her if I could have my baby back. She said no. The lawyer gave me two options. She said I had to give my baby up, or my boyfriend. She told me that if I didn't give up my baby, she would have an arrest warrant issued for him because I was under-age and he was 20, so he'd had sex with a minor. She also said I would have to repay everything she had spent on me - for the Caesarean section, the medical bills, the costs for my time in the pregnancy home. At that point, I decided to leave things the way they were. We had no money to pay.

'Amazing love'
A while later I received a call from the lawyer, saying my parents and I had to go to the PGN (Solicitor General's Office) to sign the adoption papers. The lawyer there asked if I wanted to give my baby up. This was my chance to say no - which I did. My parents got very angry and left me in the street outside the office. But with my sister's support, I signed the papers to say I'd changed my mind - and now here I am with my baby. I talked to my mother for the first time today [since it happened] and she said she wants me back in the family home with the baby. But I'd rather live with my boyfriend. He can offer me everything I need for the baby because he's working here in the city, and I want to go with him and have my own life. I'm really happy to have my daughter back. She's just had her first birthday. I'd tell girls in the same situation as I was to keep their babies, to keep fighting because they are worth it and the love you have for them is amazing
Source :www. Date: 18.12.2007 Name: Franziska Schurig

The article is about a teenage girl from Guatemala who tells why she resisted attempts to give up her child.She got pregnant when she was 16 and her parents got really angry about it. However she had to live in a home for pregnant teenagers and born her daughter there. Soon after that a lawyer asked her to sign some documents and some blank papers for the adoption process.Although the girl didn't want to sing them she agreed because they told her that the baby would have a home and education. After that the young mother felt really bad and wanted her baby back .Her boyfriend supported her and finally she got her baby back because she fought for her rights. Now she lives with her little family and says “I'd tell girls in the same situation as I was to keep their babies, to keep fighting because they are worth it and the love you have for them is amazing”.

Comment/ Questions
I am allways amazed when I hear about women like Luisa who fight for their rights. Even if her family was not able to support her she wanted to keep her baby. Luisa got help from the non profit organisation Casa Alianza and from her boyfriend. But what should women do who are not supported by the father or an organisation ? It is a fact that about 80% of Guatemala's population live in poverty. What should parents do who have nothing to offer to their children? I know that it is hard to give a child away and that it leaves a wound which will never heal but if the child will be adopted the baby has a chance to have a nice future. So what do u think about this topic ? What would you do if you were in a situation like the girl in the article ?
vulnerable teenagers – bedürftige Jugendliche
banned - verboten
to have sex with a minor – (hier) Sex mit einer Minderjährigen
sbd. has no money to pay sth. - jemand hat kein Geld um etwas zu bezahlen
Solicitor General's Office – (vergleichbar mit dem) Jugendamt
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In dem Artikel geht es darum, dass in Südamerika viele Mütter dazu gezwungen werden, ihr Kind aufzugeben. (1108 Wörter)
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