LifeSite Newsby Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
- In the wake of a decision by the nationâ€™s Supreme Federal Tribunal determining that babies suffering from the birth defect known as anencephaly arenâ€™t â€œlegallyâ€ alive, and therefore can be freely aborted, Brazilian doctors are explaining to the media how such babies will in fact be killed under the new legal regime.
In a recent interview with Brazilâ€™s most popular news magazine, Veja, the Vice-President of the Federal Council on Medicine, Dr. Carlos Vital, explained that doctors will have two choices: either â€œcurettageâ€ or â€œaspiration.â€
Abortions of ancephalic babies will be performed in the second or third trimester.
A curettage abortion uses a loop-shaped knife to cut the child to pieces, and then scrape his body and placenta from the uterine wall. An aspiration abortion uses powerful suction to tear the child apart, and likewise separate him from his mother.
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