A follow-up to our previous post.
From BBC recently, the Vatican’s statement on the excommunication in Brazil:
Cardinal Re, who heads the Roman Catholic Church’s Congregation for Bishops and the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, told La Stampa that the archbishop had been right to excommunicate the mother and doctors.
“It is a sad case but the real problem is that the twins conceived were two innocent persons, who had the right to live and could not be eliminated,” he said.
“Life must always be protected, the attack on the Brazilian Church is unjustified.”
The important question here is not whether or not to protect life, but in a situation where the life of the mother is imperiled by her pregnancy, whether to prioritize the life of the mother or the unborn fetus(es).
Other interesting views:
- One of the bloggers on our blogroll, Objectivist Reason, described why a defense of unborn potential is inherently a fallacy.
- Daniel Florien of Unreasonable Faith presented a couple of months back how pro-life supporters are always impassionately defending unborn life, but rarely consider the welfare of the mother.
Interesting to note also: had the 9-year old girl been of age, she would also have been excommunicated as well.