At least, that appears to be the maxim for the Catholic Church, which conveniently defines fetuses as innocent people and born women as, well, something else.
[Link] Cardinal Alfonso Llopez Trujillo announced Tuesday that the Colombian Catholic Church has excommunicated all persons involved in obtaining an abortion for an 11-year-old girl, who became pregnant after she was raped.
The order includes the judges, politicians and legislators involved in the decision, as well as the doctors, nurses and the girl’s parents, the Manila Bulletin Online reported today.
Under excommunication, all those involved in the abortion are banned from receiving the sacraments, except the sacrament of confession, and may not perform a ministerial role in the Liturgy or other worship ceremony.
Participating in abortion carries the automatic penalty of full excommunication, under the Catholic Code of Canon Law.
Given that this is the organization that prides itself in its making 9-year-old girls carry rape babies to full term, I can’t say I’m really surprised. The Catholic Church has time and time again proved that it’s more interested in controlling people’s bodies – especially but not only women – and in ideological purity than in helping people.
In Colombia the Church couldn’t get the same abortion policy as in El Salvador and Chile on the books, so instead it pretends people give a damn about its excommunications. It sure beats saying, “We were wrong – an embryo isn’t the same as a newborn baby.”
On some level, I should add, this reminds me of ecocentrists who think trees are more important than people (Kian has a good post about the subject)… but I digress.
Once in a while, somebody talks about the Church’s key role in social justice, and about John Paul II’s support for various anti-poverty measures. I presume that by the same token, the Nazis were good because they instituted a few welfare measures to keep Germans hooked while corporatists were plundering their wealth to pay for a gigantic war.