A familiar theme on this Blog is the inhumanity and reactionary dogma at the heart of the Catholic church.

Another  reason to continue this comes with the case of the nine year old Brazilian girl who became  pregnant with twins as a result of being repeatedly raped by her stepfather.

Doctors carried out an abortion saying that the girl’s uterus did not have the ability to contain one child, let alone two. In other words,if  the pregancy had not been terminated there was a strong possibility that the girl would have died.

Abortion is illegal in Brazil but is permitted in cases involving rape or if the woman’s life is at risk, both conditions which applied in this instance.

In typically blinkered fashion The Catholic Church cannot see further than the ‘abortion is murder’ line – Brazilian archbishop, Jose Cardoso Sobrinho said that the law of God was above any human law. The doctors and the girls mother have therefore been excommunicated, a decison that has subsequently been endorsed by The Vatican.