MANAGUA, February 25, 2003 ( – The top education official for the Managua Archdiocese has told the press that all those who participated in forcing the nine-year-old girl who was pregnant to have an abortion have excommunicated themselves.  Monsignor Silvio Fonseca, said that the parents, the medical staff, and the feminist group, Network of Women Against Violence, which urged the abortion, “are excommunicated ‘ipso facto’.”  During his sermon on Sunday, Nicaraguan Archbishop Miguel Obando y Bravo warned that the abortion clinic staff were “putting themselves at the service of death” in killing the child.  The Church had offered to care for the girl and cover medical expenses and take care of her child after birth if she so desired.  Obando, the head of the Nicaraguan Bishop’s conference said, “It’s not that I’m going to excommunicate them, but that (the canonical sentence) falls upon them ‘ipso facto.’”


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