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Saturday, May 16, 2015

The church won't let a 10 year old rape victim get an abortion

Why A Pregnant 10-Year-Old Is Being Denied An Abortion ...

It's an unimaginably awful case — a 10-year-old girl is sexually assaulted by her stepfather and becomes pregnant. And, it gets worse, because Paraguay, her home country, prohibits all abortions unless a woman's life is in danger. Now, international human rights and health groups are condemning the government; both her mother and stepfather are in jail, and a little girl is five months pregnant. This child's plight is the latest battle between national governments that are heavily influenced by the Catholic Church's unrelenting anti-abortion stance and the human rights of victims of sexual violence ....

The United Nations issued a statement on Monday decrying the government's shoddy care of the girl and calling on officials to allow an abortion. “Despite requests made by the girl’s mother and medical experts to terminate this pregnancy, which puts the girl’s life at risk, the state failed to take measures to protect the health — as well as the physical and mental integrity — and even the life of the 10-year-old girl,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, The head of the Catholic Church in Paraguay has rejected criticism of his country's handling of the case of a 10-year-old girl who is pregnant after being raped ... Archbishop Valenzuela said the UN was promoting a culture of death by suggesting that the girl, who is around five months pregnant, be offered a pregnancy termination.

This isn't a unique case - a few years ago, the church took the same stance with a 9 year old rape victim whose life was in danger in Brazil, excommunicating her family and doctors when she got an abortion ...

The Church excommunicated the doctors who performed the procedure as well. "God's laws," said the archbishop, dictate that abortion is a sin and that transgressors are no longer welcome in the Roman Catholic Church. "They took the life of an innocent," Sobrinho told TIME in a telephone interview. "Abortion is much more serious than killing an adult. An adult may or may not be an innocent, but an unborn child is most definitely innocent. Taking that life cannot be ignored."

The church has no business making medical decisions for others - in both cases the doctors advised an abortion for the health of the mother. It's stuff like this that makes me hate the church.


Blogger PrickliestPear said...

Stories like this are truly sickening. I can't believe the things that come out of some bishops' mouths.

8:48 PM  
Blogger crystal said...

I wonder where that idea comes from theologically - that innocent lives are worth more than others.

9:43 PM  
Blogger PrickliestPear said...

I don't know where it comes from. Some place dark and confused.

6:55 AM  

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