wtf – cardinal giovanni battista re: “rape not as bad as abortion”

October 4, 2016
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*TW: rape, sexual assault, child abuse

French Magazine Marie-Claire called out the fact Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re is still part of Vatican leadership in spite of his comments condemning the abortion of a 9-year-old Brazilian girl who was raped by her step-father. In the years since these comments, the Vatican still defends this stance, due to the belief that the fetus is a person and that the fetuses’ innocence and pregnant woman’s life are of equal importance, the fetus can’t be killed. You would think that under the circumstances of rape and sexual abuse this wouldn’t be the case, that an exception would be made for the sake of the child’s health and wellbeing, but clearly that’s not enough for leniency. Let’s hope that someone will be brave enough to challenges the church’s view moving forward, because no one deserves to be condemned for a decision in these circumstances.

By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor

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