A 9-year-old girl in Brazil was raped by her step-father. When the girl complained of severe stomach pains, he mother took her to the hospital where doctors discovered that she was four months pregnant with twins. Evidently the girl had been sexually assaulted for years by her stepfather. When doctors explained to the girl’s mother that having a twins at such an early age would possibly kill the girl, the mother elected to terminate the pregnancies.
The 9-year-old rape victim received a life-saving abortion.
The Catholic Church responded to the situation by officially excommunicating the mother and doctors. A senior Vatican official defended the action saying that life must always be protected.
What about the step-father? Though he was arrested for raping his 9-year-old step-daughter and possibly her 14-year old handicapped sister, he was not excommunicated by the Catholic Church. The reason? Though the Church views that rape of a 9-year-old to be “a heinous crime”, it’s not as serious as abortion. The Church thinks what the girl’s mother and doctors did was far worse than what the rapist step-father did.
If there was ever a time this poor woman needed the spiritual support that one receives from one’s faith, it has to be now. Instead of supporting her, her church expels her. It’s not as if this woman actually made the choice to have her 9-year old daughter’s pregnancies terminated. This woman had no choice. She no more chose to have the pregnancies aborted than a person chooses to leave a burning building.