Church in Spain rejects court ordered abortion for mentally handicapped woman

The Office for the Defense of Life of the Archdiocese of Oviedo, Spain, energetically rejected the decision by a judge to allow abortion for a mentally handicapped woman who is six months pregnant.

Judge Jose Manuel Niño, whose jurisdiction lies within the Archdiocese of Oviedo, ordered an abortion be performed on a 27 year-old woman who is six months pregnant.  The parents of the woman requested the abortion claiming their daughter could suffer “grave psychological harm if the pregnancy was carried to term.”

In a brief statement, the Defense of Life Office said, “A six month old un-born child has the right to be admitted to the banquet of life and has no fault for what has happened to his mother.”

“If there is any problem with assisting this little baby, society should have the means to help him,” the note adds, underscoring as well that the reason put forth by the parents is not valid because “it is impossible to verify.”

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