That seems pretty reasonable, no?
But Brazilian Archbishop Jose Cardoso Sobrinho felt otherwise. He immediately excommunicated the doctors who performed the abortion and the mother who gave consent. Today, a Cardinal from the Vatican publicly defended the Archbishop's decision, saying:
"It is a sad case, but the real problem is that the twins conceived were two innocent persons, who had the right to live and could not be eliminated,'' Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re told the Italian daily La Stampa.
The stepfather, predictably, has not been excommunicated.