Excommunicate Me

Emily Douglas

If there is no room in the Catholic Church for doctors who would provide an abortion to a nine-year-old incest survivor pregnant with twins, then there is no room for me, Brazilian Catholics are saying.

If there is no room in the Catholic Church for doctors who would provide an abortion to a nine-year-old incest survivor pregnant with twins, but plenty of space for the girl’s stepfather, who raped her, then there is no room for me, Brazilian Catholics are saying.  A petition site (in Portuguese) will send the names of Catholics who ask for excommunication in solidarity with the doctors and the girl’s family members to the Archbishop of Recife, Jose Cardoso Sobrinho. (The Archbishop did not mention excommunicating the girl’s stepfather.)

According to the Archbishop, abortion is categorically worse than killing an adult person, because the "adult may or may not be an innocent, but an unborn child is most definitely innocent. Taking that life cannot be ignored."  I suppose that ambivalence towards death encompasses forcing a no-longer-presumed-innocent nine-year-old to bring a life-threatening pregnancy to term and idly standing by as the consequences play out.

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