Here is a news report that raises the question for women in the Catholic Church –
Does your body belong to the Church and have you no right over it ?
Brazil is a Catholic country, but in this row the Church has been controversial
The issue of abortion in Brazil has been making headlines not just in South America’s biggest country, but around the world.
The controversy began when news emerged from Pernambuco, a poor state in the north-east of Brazil, that a nine-year-old girl who had been raped was pregnant with twins.
It is alleged that she had been sexually abused for years by her stepfather, who is also suspected of sexually assaulting an older disabled sister. He is now in prison.
Public interest in the case soared when the local Catholic archbishop tried to block the girl from having an abortion.
Brazilian law allows abortion only if there is a risk to the life of the mother or in cases of rape. Doctors said the girl met both those conditions, and said she was so small her uterus was not big enough to carry one baby, never mind two.
Opponents of abortion say the girl could have safely had a Caesarean section.
In the end the abortion went ahead and the local archbishop, Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, said all those adults involved – the mother and the medical team – had been excommunicated.