anencephaly..- Bishop Odilo Pedro Sherer, secretary general of the Bishops Conference of Brazil, explained during a televised debate this week the Churchâs and the Pro-life communityâs opposition to the decision by a Federal Court to allow abortion in cases of
During the debate which was broadcast on Brazilian national television, Bishop Sherer said that âdespite the malformation, we are talking about a human being.â
âWe realize the fetus that suffers from anencephaly cannot survive outside the motherâs womb, but we are talking about a living human being, and life should be respected because it is life and not because of the possibilities of survival,â he added.
âThe question of life and death,â he explained, âshould take its natural course. To say that life begins after birth seems impossible to me in the scientific context in which we are living.â
The debate on the decision by the Federal Court to allow abortion in cases of anencephalyâwhen a baby develops without a brainâalso included the participation of Paulo Leao, President of the Union of Catholic Jurists, who pointed out that âas in other cases which involve abortion, a human life must be respected, without considering the possibility of a longer or shorter life span.â