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'Review Vatican abortion veto if mother's life at risk' - UN

'Deepest concern' over sanctions in Brazil rape girl case

05 February, 15:25
'Review Vatican abortion veto if mother's life at risk' - UN

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(ANSA) - Geneva, February 5 - The Vatican should review its veto of abortions that save mothers' lives, the United Nations said in a report Wednesday, voicing "deepest concern over the case of a Brazilian girl who had a life-saving abortion in 2009.

The UN's Committee on the Rights of the Child "expresses its deepest concern that in the case of a nine-year old girl in Brazil who underwent an emergency life-saving abortion in 2009 after having been raped by her stepfather, an Archbishop of Pernambuco sanctioned the mother of the girl as well as the doctor who performed the abortion," the report said.

It noted that the sanction was later approved by the head of the Roman Catholic Church's Congregation of Bishops.

"The Committee urges the Holy See to review its position on abortion which places obvious risks on the life and health of pregnant girls and to amend Canon 1398 relating to abortion with a view to identifying circumstances under which access to abortion services can be permitted," the committee said.