Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sep 27, 2007 / 08:28 am
Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata has denounced the actions of various federal and local officials, including Argentina’s Minister of Justice and the Supreme Court, for conspiring to allow a handicapped girl who became pregnant through rape to have an abortion, and he warned that “the totalitarianism of the pro-abortionists hovers over Argentina like a sinister threat. Like the shadow of Herod.”
Archbishop Aguer expressed regret over the Supreme Court’s authorization of this “abominable crime.” “Will we have to become accustomed to justice being violated by those charged with administering it, ignoring the fundamental rights that are protected by the constitution?” the archbishop asked. He contrasted the court’s decision with that of the doctors at the Parana Hospital who refused “to take an innocent life for reasons of conscience.”
In an article entitled, “The Shadow of Herod,” Archbishop Aguer criticized Argentina’s Minister of Health for “adding a new item to his resume as promoter of the culture of death,” by sending the young girl to a state hospital for the abortion. “Under ‘legal’ cover, and through official means, the right to be born of a child who was only a few months in the womb was deprived,” he said.
Archbishop Aguer also pointed out the “gross error” of the governor of the Buenos Aires province who has backed the doctors that performed the abortion, arguing that “each one has the right to have his own religious belief, but not to force others to act in accord with his religion.” “This is not about religious beliefs” the archbishop responded, “but rather about certainties furnished by biology, genetics, embryology and law!”