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article imageBishop excommunicates those who helped child abort twins

By Chris V. Thangham     Mar 5, 2009 in World
The Catholic Church Archbishop in Brazil has excommunicated everyone who helped a 9-year-old girl abort her twins. He didn’t excommunicate the child.
The girl, living in the north-eastern state of Pernambuco, was allegedly raped by her father and became pregnant with twins.
The doctors examining her advised her to get an abortion because the twins posed a serious health risk for her. But those who are against abortion protested this decision, including the Catholic Church.
Also in Brazil, abortion is only permitted in cases of rape or when the mother’s life is at risk.
Doctors who wanted to abort the girl said the girl fulfills both requirements. The doctors said her small size means her uterus does not have the ability to hold a single baby and she was carrying two.
They aborted her today.
Catholic officials are upset with this decision. They decided to excommunicate all those who were involved in aborting the 9-year-old girl, including the mother and the doctors.
The Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, told TV Globo he condemned the abortion. He said the law of God was above any human law. He said he won’t excommunicate the child because of her age.
The step-father who allegedly committed the rape is in custody. He is also suspected to have abused the girl’s physically handicapped older sister.
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