Sunday, March 8, 2009

Black and White

Some things are black and white, devoid of all moral ambiguity.

A 9-year-old girl is sexually abused by her step-father. She becomes pregnant with twins. After three months of pregnancy her doctors decide that her life is in danger. With the permission of the girl's mother the doctors convince the government of Brazil that this situation is an exception to the country's abortion ban. With the government's permission the pregnancy is terminated.

The Catholic archdiocese of Brazil ex-communicates the doctors and the girl's mother. The Vatican reviews the decision and upholds it.

Some things are black and white, devoid of all moral ambiguity.

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