(Pictured: Demonstrators hold a banner during an antiabortion march in Brasília)
Earlier today, I made a post about a 9 year old Incest victim in Brazil.
I saw a note on it from Cincocirculos.
They had some problems with the article.
First that it was 3 years old, which I did point out in my original post and doesn’t change the fact that it happened.
Secondly that I didn’t use a reputable source. This one is my fault. I should have looked up a better source. Cinco was kind enough to provide me with a link to a Time article. It was written around the same time as the Care2 article that I linked earlier (about a week earlier actually).
The case of the pregnant 9-year-old was shocking enough. But it was the response of the Catholic Church that infuriated many Brazilians. Archibishop Jose Cardoso Sobrinho of the coastal city of Recife announced that the Vatican was excommunicating the family of a local girl who had been raped and impregnated with twins by her stepfather, because they had chosen to have the girl undergo an abortion. The Church excommunicated the doctors who performed the procedure as well. “God’s laws,” said the archbishop, dictate that abortion is a sin and that transgressors are no longer welcome in the Roman Catholic Church. “They took the life of an innocent,” Sobrinho told TIME in a telephone interview. “Abortion is much more serious than killing an adult. An adult may or may not be an innocent, but an unborn child is most definitely innocent. Taking that life cannot be ignored.”
The case has caused a furor. Abortion is illegal in Brazil except in cases of rape or when the mother’s life is in danger, both of which apply in this case. (The girl’s immature hips would have made labor dangerous; the Catholic opinion was that she could have had a cesarean section.) When the incident came to light in local newspapers, the Church first asked a judge to halt the process and then condemned those involved, including the 9-year-old’s distraught mother. Even Catholic Brazilians were shocked at the harshness of the archbishop’s actions. “In this case, most people support the doctors and the family. Everything they did was legal and correct,” says Beatriz Galli, the policy associate for Ipas Brasil, an NGO that fights to give women more say over their health and reproductive rights. “But the Church takes these positions that are so rigid that it ends up weakened. It is very intolerant, and that intolerance is going to scare off more and more followers.”
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1883598,00.html#ixzz1sKEagYpe
I’m sorry for using the Care2 article.
The Time Article says pretty much the same thing.
Hope this clears things up a bit.