A 17-year-old girl who already has seven children wants to avail of permanent birth control but because of their family’s limited income, she wants the government to pay for it – and she’s now in a headlock with the Argentinian government, claiming the authorities do not want to help her out.
Pamela Villarruel lives with her parents in the town of Leones in the Cordoba Province, northern Argentina. Her mother, Magdalena, works as a house cleaner to support the family.
Pamela was just 14 years old when she gave birth to her first child, a boy. But even before the child turned one, she got pregnant again, this time with triplets who were all girls. Because the girls’ father repeatedly beat Pamela, her parents intervened and told him to leave.
But not long after the triplets were born, Pamela was pregnant again! This third pregnancy produced triplets who were all girls.
Overworked in her job as cleaner but also helping her daughter out in taking care of the babies, Magdalena believed it was for her daughter to get permanent birth control especially because she’s still 16 years old at the time she gave birth to her second set of triplets.
The huge problem here is that permanent birth control costs a lot of money that the family does not have. So, they are turning to the government for help but while other countries such as the US provide their citizens with free access to birth control, such is not the case in Argentina – and the country won’t pay for permanent birth control, especially because Pamela is still a minor.
She already has seven children but because she’s below 18 years old, she’s technically not eligible for a permanent form of contraception. Her mom fears that she might have more children if the government does not help them.
Pamela’s story has caught the internet by storm, with netizens believing the government should just make an exception and pay for the surgery. Do you agree?