The following is a horror story:
A Brazilian girl who is now nine has been sexually assaulted since she was six years old by her stepfather.
After the girl, complaining of stomach pains, was taken to the hospital, the doctors discovered that she was four months pregnant with twins. The doctors decided on an abortion. Abortion is only permitted in Brazil in case of rape and where the life of the mother is at risk and doctors said the girl’s case met both these conditions. The doctors said the girl was so small that her uterus did not have the ability to contain one child let alone two.
The Catholic Church tried to intervene to prevent the abortion going through but the procedure was successfully carried out last Wednesday.
Now a Catholic Brazilian archbishop says all those who helped this nine-year-old child rape victim secure an abortion are to be excommunicated from the Catholic Church. These include all the doctors, the nurses and the child’s mother. It will not apply to the girl herself because she is so young.
Archbishop Jose Sobrinho says that the law of God is above any human law.
Is the Church’s position in this case christian or barbaric?
Should this child have been helped to have an abortion?