The Nicaraguan authorities say that the parents and doctors of a nine-year-old girl who received an abortion two weeks ago will not face criminal charges.
The girl, who became pregnant after being raped, received an abortion in a private clinic - an operation that the health minister considered a crime.
But the Nicaraguan Attorney General, Maria del Carmen Solorzano, said the abortion did not break any laws because it was carried out to save the life of the girl.
This is a case that has brought Nicaragua's stringent abortion laws into the spotlight.
The family was supported by women's and children's groups
They only allow abortions when the mother's life is in danger, or when the foetus has severe deformities.
It's the type of law that is common across much of Catholic Latin America.
A panel of three doctors was set up two weeks ago to decide whether the nine-year-old girl, known only as Rosa, could legally have an abortion.
The panel came up with an ambiguous decision, saying that Rosa's life could be threatened by both having the baby and aborting it.
Her parents took that as a green light to terminate the pregnancy.
But it caused widespread condemnation from the church who excommunicated the parents and the doctors who carried out the procedure.
The Nicaraguan Health Minister, Lucia Salvo, called the abortion a crime and prosecutors threatened to bring charges against those responsible.
Women's rights groups in Nicaragua have welcomed the decision not to press charges and it could open the way for a more general debate within the congress to liberalise the abortion laws.
There is considerable public support for that, but also a great deal of opposition from the Roman Catholic church.
Last week the country's bishops wrote an open letter to the government asking whether there was any real difference between abortion and terrorist suicide bombings.