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Korean cardinal laments court ruling on abortion

SEOUL (UCAN): “A nation has a responsibility to protect its people’s lives and safety under any circumstances. Every life, from the moment of conception, should be protected as a human being and secured with its dignity,” Andrew Cardinal Yeom Soo-jung, the archbishop of Seoul, said after South Korea’s Constitutional Court ruled that the country’s current abortion ban is incompatible with the constitution on April 11.
The court called for a legislative change to partially allow early stage termination of pregnancy.
While some women’s and medical organisations welcomed the decision as giving women the right to self-determination. The cardinal used his Easter message to express his concerns.
While urging lawmakers to carefully amend the law, he asked the faithful to be the first to choose life rather than death.
“We, people of God, should concretely serve and sacrifice for life. Among various social obstacles and difficulties, we Christians should strictly refuse the culture and temptation for death,” he said.
“When we, ourselves, start choosing, respecting and respecting every life as it is, we will definitely be able to experience the Risen Lord living right here with us,” the cardinal said in his message, which was read out at during Easter Vigil Mass on April 20.  
Those in favour of the abortion ban say that the court’s decision violates the rights to life of unborn babies and have resolved to fight for the protection of life.

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