Alabama lawyers say 12-year-old rape victim shouldn't be allowed abortion

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Conservative lawyers in the US have slammed a court ruling that will allow a 12-year-old girl who had been raped to have an abortion.

Lawyers Win Johnson and Lorie Mullins said the girl was not mature enough to make the decision. Mr Johnson said the girl was too young to make a "life of death" decision to "murder her own child".

A court granted the girl a waiver for the law that requires parental consent for an abortion in Alabama, Slate reports. The girl had been raped by an unnamed adult relative, and said she did not want to have the baby because she was scared. 

The girl didn't have a good enough relationship with her mother and did not know her father.

Ms Mullins said the girl had already been victimised and was now going to be "the perpetrator of this newest violence".

"If I could actually speak to this child, the only thing I could say to her is you've been robbed of your childhood. Don't rob yourself of your future."