Brazilian Catholic Church contests abortion for raped 9-year-old
RIO DE JANEIRO, March 4 (RIA Novosti) – Brazil’s Catholic Church has spoken out against plans for an abortion for a nine-year-old girl who was raped by her stepfather, national media reported citing church representatives.
After the girl from the northeastern state of Pernambuco complained of stomach pains, a medical examination showed she was in the 16th week of pregnancy, and was carrying twins. Police say the girl had been routinely raped by her stepfather since the age of six.
Medics say the girl’s life could be in danger if she gives birth, but Catholic priests have threatened to go to court to prevent an abortion, the reports said.
“We recognize the ‘unjust’ nature of this pregnancy, but we have to save lives,” local Archbishop Jose Cardoso Sobrinho told journalists.
Brazilian laws ban abortions, but make an exception when there is a threat to the life or health of a mother.
Now, I’m pretty pro-choice, but I can understand some of the arguments made against abortion. Despite the sabre-rattling of lots of nutty religious folk, abortion simply cannot be thrust under a blanket ‘women’s right’ issue. My point being, it’s more than just that.
But, what I cannot fathom, is that on the other side of the aisle, the pro-lifers just seem to get nuttier and nuttier, with wanton disregard for what the women (or in this case, a 9 year old girl FFS) wants. For them, apparently, if a woman wants an abortion is because she likes killing fetuses and is basically a slut; that she could NOT have come to this decision with regret and remorse, after contemplating it for days and days. Amongst other things, this is what I find most umbrage with.
Anyway, case in point. It’s a 9 year old girl. Raped, consistently, by her stepfather. For starters, she might even die in childbirth. Is her developed life so useless to these fuckwit Catholic nutjob priests? What about the two children who’d be born as well? Can you imagine how they’d feel once they’d realize how they were conceived? Should anyone be burdened with THAT?!
SHE IS 9 FUCKING YEARS OLD YOU SORDID, MESSED UP ASSHOLES.
I’m not religious, but I AM a muslim. I do believe that religion has a positive role to play in society, but I’m my faith in that belief is now wavering. Yes, we can point to countless ‘good’ things that exist, but religion is not about averages and numbers. It’s not utilitarian. If a world without organized religion means shit like this doesn’t happen (or as in Africa, the AIDS epidemic is accentuated by the Catholic Church’s stance on contraception – for the love of god, there are children being BORN WITH AIDS), then I’m going to have defeatedly say; sign me up.