Top Vatican ethicist says abortion saved life of nine-year-old rape victim

Says doctors do not merit excommunication
The Vatican’s top bioethics official said the two Brazilian doctors who performed an abortion on a nine-year-old rape victim do not merit excommunication, since they acted to save her life. The statement by Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, appeared as the lead article in the March 15 issue of the official Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

“There are others who deserve excommunication and our forgiveness,” Fisichella wrote in addressing the unidentified rape victim, “not those who permitted you to live and who will help you to regain hope and faith.”


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