Since THIS story seemed to garner such an "interesting" response, I thought I would go ahead and put up some updated information.
President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil has come forward and spoken out about the ugly decision by the Catholic Church to excommunicate the medical staff and people involved with saving the life of a nine year old rape victim. Good for him.
The Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, said the excommunication would apply to the child's mother and the doctors, but not to the girl because of her age.
But his actions were criticised by President Lula, who said: "As a Christian and a Catholic I deeply regret that a bishop of the Catholic Church has such a conservative attitude.
"The doctors did what had to be done: save the life of a girl nine years old.
"In this case, the medical profession was more right than the Church," AFP news agency quoted him as saying.
The girl, who lives in the north-eastern state of Pernambuco, was allegedly sexually assaulted over a number of years by her stepfather, possibly since she was six.
The abortion was carried out on Wednesday.
The fact that the girl was pregnant with twins was only discovered after she was taken to hospital in Pernambuco complaining of stomach pains.
Her stepfather was arrested last week, allegedly as he tried to escape to another region of the country.
He is also suspected of abusing the girl's physically handicapped older sister who is now 14.
FULL STORY HERE . . .