A juvenile court judge has refused to honour a request by the Child Protection Council to place a 17-week-old foetus under supervision, Dutch daily AD reports. The council sought protection for an unwed pregnant 18-year-old from a potential honour killing by her family.

Only unborn children older than 24 weeks are granted legal rights like protection under Dutch law, the court ruled.

The mother's identity has not been revealed. While she was still a minor, youth welfare services housed her at a secret location. On turning 18, however, she moved close to her parents, saying she had nothing to fear. The Child Protection Council insists she is at risk.

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