Catholic church complains that nine-year-old rape victim has abortion

Brazil girl, alleged rape victim, aborts twins
The procedure on the 9-year-old girl draws complaints from Catholic church

RIO DE JANEIRO - A 9-year-old girl who was carrying twins, allegedly after being raped by her stepfather, underwent an abortion Wednesday despite complaints from Brazil's Roman Catholic church.

Police said the stepfather has been jailed since last week.

Abortion is illegal in Brazil, but judges can make exceptions if the mother's life is in danger or the fetus has no chance of survival.

Fatima Maia, director of the public university hospital where the abortion was performed, said the 15-week-old pregnancy posed a serious risk to the 80-pound girl.

"She is very small. Her uterus doesn't have the ability to hold one, let alone two children," Maia told the Jornal do Brasil newspaper.

But Marcio Miranda, a lawyer for the Archdiocese of Olinda and Recife in northeastern Brazil, said the girl should have carried the twins to term and had a cesarean section.

"It's the law of God: Do not kill. We consider this murder," Miranda said in comments reported by O Globo.

Calls to Miranda were not immediately returned.

Brazil is home to more Catholics than any other nation.

Tags: Abortion, brazil, catholic, incest, rape

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This is horrifying. That poor girl :(
Did they actually think they would save these fetuses by stopping this abortion? What a bunch of lowlife scumbags: she's an innocent, nine-year old rape victim and they would risk her life along with those of the fetuses she can't possibly carry to term--in the name of protecting fetuses from "murder!" And they want us to respect this "pro-life" position? It's pure insanity! Incidentally, I am fully aware that I just used "us vs. them" framing, and I do so without apology or hesitation. AAAAAAAARERRRGGGh! The next "believer" I come across is getting punched in the face. Not really, but it sure would feel good after reading this.
"We consider this murder," Miranda said...

You know what I consider murder? When you force a pregnancy on a nine-year-old girl and she dies as a result.
I'm right there with you Casey. Lowlife scumbags is right.
Yeah. You know, I was a fundamentalist for most of my adult life, but I don't think I ever exhibited the raw, ignorant nerve I've seen on display in the wider religious world since my de-conversion. For them, faith is the coupling of ignorance and certitude. In many cases it is the coupling of contradiction and certitude. When confronted with their ideology's moral depravity, vileness, and inconsistencies, people like Miranda are not shaken by the cognitive dissonance that would lead normal people to proceed with greater care, to examine more closely problems that aren't so simple as to be resolved by the naive and perverted ruminations of bronze age goat-herders who were steeped in a culture of magic and superstition. Thankfully, I was never able to entertain that kind of faith. And I certainly have no tolerance for those who do.
Well put, Casey.
"Murder" would have been forcing this child to go through with a pregnancy. She most likely would have had a miscarriage, which would have endangered her life. Truly disgusting situation. What a thing for a little girl to face.
This is the kind of wicked absurdity you may find yourself promoting when you get your "morality" from a book! Just wanted to get that one in there, on the off-chance no one else thought of it yet.
Hello, I'm Brazilian and I'm following this absurdity through newspapers and blogs.
First thing, the child was not "allegedly" raped by the stepfather, it's confirmed. She has been raped by him since she was six years old.
That said, I would like to inform all that not only the girl has been through so much at such a young age, but now the church is excommunicating both mother and daughter - as well as any other person involved in the abortion. Not only that, but they're prosecuting the mother for killing the twins. They want her to be arrested for it.
Now, you ask, what about the stepfather? Apart from being sent to jail, he must have been excommunicated as well...?
Nope! The church said that what the stepfather did is not as serious as killing the twins in the abortion, even if that action (the abortion) saved another life (the little girl's)...
Not only that, but the Vatican is also supporting all of this, and agrees with all bishops that "due to the complexity of this case, we are sorry that it has not been dealt with the serenity, the tranquility and the necessary time frame it required. Also, we do not agree with the outcome that culminated in the elimination of harmless human beings" (quote from a note from the Brazilian Bishops Confederation).
Please spread this around, please let people know what kind of people they are. Not only they are backing the rapist, but they are condemning the little girl and her mother!
Lizandra, I feel really bad for this little girl. However, if the mother is indeed a Catholic, then she must now feel that she is going to hell now that she has been excommunicated. If she does, I do not feel sorry for her one bit. She embraced this ideology, so now she can suffer the consequences. I just feel bad for this girl, and that is all. The dad should have his balls cut off.
Dallas, I feel bad for the mother too. If she feels guilty, is because this Catholic mental perversion worked on her. I was a Christian too, I felt guilty too in various occasions. God is the ultimate bogeyman and it works very often. It is much easier to lose your faith in Santa or Easter bunny (or bogeyman) because noone believe in them. Even if someone doesn't have a very good critical thinking, he/she looks around and see what is the opinion of others. If the majority believe in Easter bunny, it is easier for one to believe it too.
If the church excomunicate me, I don't care but imagine what is in that womans mind that after she was struck with that tragedy, she receives the eternal damnation too. If she choose the eternal damnation in exchange for her daughter's life, I think she is more special and deserves you to feel sorry for her.
Well Felix, that is very well put and a persuasive argument. Put that way, I guess I can see some value in her actions. However, I still cannot overlook the fact that she subjected herself and her daughter to the outlandish and outdated views of the Catholic Church. She embraced that kind of mentality, and now it has turned against her.

I don't think your compassion and understanding is wrong, of course. But how am I to reconcile these two views?

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