Brazil abortion stirs controversy

A Sao Paulo court allowed a woman to abort a four-month-old malformed fetus despite Brazil law only granting abortions in cases of rape or when the mother's life is in danger, local media said Sunday.

In this case, the fetus was diagnosed with , a that is the second most common autosomal trisomy after Down syndrome, the daily Folha de Sao Paulo reported.

The mother sought an abortion, which was denied. She then appealed, saying her life was at risk and that the child would have no chance of survival outside the womb.

On appeal, a judge allowed the procedure, saying that the law, which has not been changed in 70 years, should be interpreted with some flexibility.

It was the second recent high-profile case to move forward despite the limits Brazilian law puts on abortion.

In April, the Supreme Court allowed an abortion of a fetus with —in which a large part of the brain and skull is missing—despite the opposition of some religious groups.

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5 / 5 (1) Sep 03, 2012
I can underatand the rationale of religous groups to object to abortion of healthy , perfect fetuses.
But a blanket ban on abortions even if the fetus has abnormalities is beyond stupid. It is as if these nuts enjoy it that the child born will endure a life of pain and misery. And that is precisely what these religious types thrive on - pain and misery.

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