Treatment of aborted foetus barbaric – Italian Archbishop
The Italian Archbishop Santo Marciano of Rossano has said that the death of a foetus who survived an abortion but was left to die in an Italian operating room should shake people’s consciences.
The abortion was carried out on 24 April at a hospital in Cosenza in the Archdiocese of Rossano.
About four hours later, the hospital chaplain went into the operating room to pray for the foetus and saw the sheet in which the baby was wrapped move.
The chaplain, Fr Antonio Martello, called for help and the baby was transferred to a nearby hospital with a neonatal intensive care unit.
The baby died on Monday.
Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation to determine whether medical personnel violated Italian law, which requires medical care and treatment of babies who survive an abortion.
The mother, who was 22 weeks pregnant, asked for an abortion because the foetus was malformed.
Archbishop Marciano told Vatican Radio on Thursday, “We need to begin to reflect on how the practice of abortion is favouring a superficial and unjust approach to the intangible value of human life.”
He added, “This episode must truly shake people’s consciences. It is not possible that a foetus aborted at the 22nd week, still alive, is left to die. This is something truly abhorrent. I would define this as barbaric.”