Brazilian abortion excommunication case
If reports coming out of Brazil are accurate, an abortion performed against the unborn baby of nine-year-old rape/incest victim has resulted in the declared excommunication of the doctors who committed the abortion* (1983 CIC 1398) and of those who directly assisted in the deed (1983 CIC 1329). The mother of the aborted baby* (the term “mother” hardly seems to make sense here) was not excommunicated for a number of reasons, but her age alone would have been sufficient to prevent her incurring any penalty (1983 CIC 1323).
This is not the first time Archbishop Jose Cardoso Sobrinho of Olinda e Recife has vigoursly defended innocent human life in his particular church. I blogged about him in January 2008 regarding his firm stance against distributions of “morning after” pills.
As for the perpetrator of the rape, there isn’t a mine shaft deep enough on this earth for him. Purely personal opinion, that.
*I found out later, the doctors actually aborted twins. Miserere nobis, Domine.