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Portuguese singer in Brazil abortion controversy

Police in Brazil have charged the Portuguese singer Maria Adelaide Mengas Matafome with helping her 15-year-old daughter get an abortion, local media reported Saturday.

Abortion in Brazil is only legal in cases of rape or when the mother’s life is in danger.

The Portuguese teenager has been in Cuiaba, Mato Grosso state, since September, with her boyfriend, a Brazilian who is 21. She learned she was pregnant in December, the reports said.

Police in Mato Grosso have charged the singer, 53, known for a 1981 hit “Baby Suicida,” in connection with the abortion, and have also charged the boyfriend. Officers said the singer gave permission for her daughter to take a drug to induce a miscarriage.

The girl was put in hospital for hemorrhaging on January 4, which caused her to lose the pregnancy.