The Catholic Church is praising a pregnant woman who died recently after refusing to have cancer treatment that would have required her to have an abortion. Rita Fedrizzi gave birth to a healthy baby boy three months ago, but passed away this week.
The 41 year-old woman was diagnosed with cancer about the same time she discovered she was pregnant. She could have had an abortion and proceeded with the cancer treatment, but choosed to give birth to new life even at the cost of her own death. She was aware that if she gave birth she wouldn't have had any hope of surviving
"Rita's choice, which I always shared, was a choice of faith," said her husband, Enrico Ferrari. He added that she always thought that the abortion in that situation would be like killing one of her children to save her skin.
The Catholic newspaper L'Osservatore Romano compared her case with that of Gianna Beretta Molla, who died in 1962. Molla refused to have an abortion despite warnings from doctors that opting against it could take her life.
Molla, an Italian pediatrician, had developed a tumor in her uterus, but she refused to have an abortion. Reports quote Molla telling doctors, "If a decision must be made between my life and the child's, don't hesitate. I insist you choose the child's. Save it."
Pope John Paul II made Gianna Beretta Molla a saint in 2004 and pro-life advocates have cited her as an inspiration in the fight against abortion.
The above story is quite impressive...
Gianna Beretta Molla was born on October 4, 1922, time unknown, in Magenta, close to Milan, Italy.
Her natal chart is very impressive as well:
Her extraordinary dedication and willingness to sacrifice herself is represented by Moon in Pisces in trine with the Ceres (pregnancy, procreation) conjunct with Venus in Scorpio (pregnancy-related disease).
Gianna Beretta Molla's natal chart features even a grand cross in cardinal signs between:
This configuration brought in her life that difficult situation which she choose to deal with by sacrificing her life in order to give birth (Chiron biquintile the Venus-Ceres conjunction), a brave action that lead ultimately to her canonisation as a Catholic saint (Chiron trine Neptune).
It would be interesting if we could find out also Rita Fedrizzi's birth data, in order to see again Chiron (sacrifice) and Ceres (pregnancy, procreation) at work.