... I personally enjoy asking why conservatives/pro-lifers prefer 73rd-trimester abortion in Iraq, as opposed to just getting it over with in the 2nd trimester.
(The 73rd trimester would be 18 years + 3 months, for those of you too lazy to do the math.)
Punishing her for events she had no control over is disgusting.
He said the excommunication would not apply to the child because of her age, but would affect all those who ensured the abortion was carried out.
This whole thing boils down to a relativistic view of whose life is more important. Yes, a terrible thing happened to those girls (the mother and her sister) but whose life is worth more? The 9-year-old who had an abortion? Or the twins who were aborted? Two lives given to save one.
Yes, the little girl had no control over what happened, but neither did her unborn twins. If you believe the twins were discrete life forms worthy of consideration - which the Catholic Church does - then you would be looking at murdering twin children. By Catholic dogma, it's better to leave the pregnancy in the hands of God (with the assistance of modern medicine, yes, but still in God's hands) and let the girl carry to term as best as she can than to deliberately kill two unborn children. The people responsible for the abortion violated
a commandment and committed a mortal sin.
The church has every right to excommunicate them; the case was clearly against Catholic edict.