I think everyone who reads here knows I'm a proponent of choice so it won't surprise you that I'm appalled at this news about a doctor being excommunicated for performing an abortion for a nine year old rape victim.
I'm not that upset about the excommunication for the doctor. I believe in choice for the church as much as I believe in my own and every one's right of choice. The church has a right to decide who can and can't belong to their organization. What strikes me as hypocrisy is that the rapist was not excommunicated. According to the church: "A graver act than (rape) is abortion, to eliminate an innocent life." What?
First of all, I don't think it has to be a case of either or; why not both? Second, the stepfather certainly did "eliminate an innocent life," the life of a 9 year old he'd been raping since she was six. That little girl's innocent childhood has been destroyed and the church ought to acknowledge it by excommunicating that man.