Most heinous sin? Misogynistic legacy of Canon Law and abortion
Rite&Reason: Women have been targeted for excommunication ahead of abusers, murderers and rapists
June 19, 2018
In 2009, a nine-year-old Brazilian child had to have an emergency abortion when her mother brought her to hospital with stomach pains. The doctors discovered the girl was four months pregnant with twins. The little girl had been raped repeatedly by her stepfather.
Following the emergency procedure, the Catholic Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, José Cardoso Sobrinho, stated that automatic excommunication had been incurred by the child’s mother and the medical team who performed the abortion.