Commenting on the recent report of the abortion of twins in Italy one of whom was suspected to have Downs syndrome, the semi-official Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano observed: "Two girls have died, assassinated as a consequence of selective abortion."
The case sparked ire after it was reported that doctors were seeking to abort the unborn child with Downs syndrome and mistakenly aborted the other twin. After hearing of the error the mother had her remaining unborn child killed as well. The children were three months beyond conception when they were aborted.
It is a matter, said the Vatican newspaper, of "eugenics is imposing its law"; of "the culture of perfection that imposes the exclusion of all that does not appear beautiful, glowing, positive, captivating."
"A radical decision has brought about another abortion, that of the little sister that still had life," reported L'Osservatore Romano. "It is an illegitimate decision, even though it is authorized by the law, as here in Italy."