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A nine-year-old Brazilian girl recently conceived twins when she was raped by her stepfather. While abortion is illegal in Brazil, special dispensation can be given by judges if carrying the pregnancy to term would threaten the life of the mother. A judge gave permission to terminate the pregnancy because the girl weighs only 80 pounds and according to Fatima Maia, the director of the hospital where the abortion was performed, "Her uterus doesn't have the ability to hold one, let alone two children." The Catholic Church, however, doesn't see it that way. A lawyer for the local archdiocese told a Brazilian paper that the girl should have delivered the twins through a cesarean section. "It's the law of God: Do not kill. We consider this murder," Marcio Miranda told a Brazilian newspaper. The archdiocese went even further; Archbishop José Cardoso Sobrinho declared that the girl's mother, the doctors who performed the operation, and anyone else involved in the abortion was considered to be excommunicated. The statement has drawn fire from both politicians and the Archbishops fellow theologians. Archbishop Cardoso Sobrinho has responded by saying that the persons had excommunicated themselves through their actions: "I did not excommunicate anyone," he said. "Just remembered the church’s law which says they are automatically excommunicated." Unfortunately, Frances Kissling says, the case isn't that unusual in Latin America, although the controversy over it might be. She puts the recent case in a broader context, citing other cases and their resolutions. She notes also that "No mention was made of excommunicating the stepfather who had raped the nine-year-old child."
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
Why am I not surprised?
This is outrageous, another reason why the church should have no say in governmental or penal affairs.
That little girl has gone through so much just from being raped, let alone having to bear the children of her rapist, it should be that families full right to abort such an atrocity.
I am pro choice when it comes to abortion, but for the church to condone birth from acts of violence, calling it murder is simply ridiculous.
Originally posted by draconian45
This is why I'm starting to really hate religion. This story is so disturbing.
.......The Catholic Church, however, doesn't see it that way. A lawyer for the local archdiocese told a Brazilian paper that the girl should have delivered the twins through a cesarean section. "It's the law of God: Do not kill. We consider this murder," he said.
To them the whole world is black and white, good and evil, with no shades of grey. I personally believe what makes us "human" is the fact we can use our God-given brain to decipher and evaulate these shades of grey in their relation to our own morality and codes of conduct.