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Prenatal diagnosis of illness not excuse for abortion pope says

VATICAN (CNS): “Abortion is never the answer” to couples seeking a way to deal with a prenatal diagnosis of serious illness or disability, Pope Francis said at a Vatican conference on medical care for “extremely fragile” babies and on the pastoral care of their parents, sponsored by the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, on May 25.
 
The pope explained that the Catholic Church’s total opposition to abortion is not primarily a religious position, but a human one.
 

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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.

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United Nations won’t endorse abortion as humanitarian response

NEW YORK (SE): The United Nations (UN) General Assembly has declined to endorse abortion as being an essential part of emergency humanitarian response.
 
C-Fam reported that access to safe abortion to the full extent of the law was included for the first time in the sexual and reproductive health Minimum Initial Services Package designed by UN agencies and abortion groups to place the sexual and reproductive health agenda, and specifically abortion, into the humanitarian responses programme.
 

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Swing away from abortion

ATLANTA (SE): The results of a Marist Poll taken in the United States of America released on January 23 show that a slim majority of 52 per cent of respondents identify themselves as pro-choice, while 42 per cent say they are pro-life.

However, on more specific questions, solid majorities support legal restrictions on the practice of abortion.

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Forty Days for Life

HONG KONG (SE): A group of over 50 people gathered at Holy Cross parish in Sai Wan Ho to join a two-hour March for Life through the streets of Hong Kong on March 20 to the offices of the largest abortion provider in the city, which is situated outside the Southorn Playground in Wanchai, where a brief candlelight vigil was held.

The Hong Kong Family Planning Association is a founding member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, which is the largest abortion provider in the world.

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Pope puts stress on mercy for Jubilee Year

VATICAN (SE): “I have asked the Church in this Jubilee Year to rediscover the richness encompassed by spiritual and corporate works of mercy,” Pope Francis says in a letter to the president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, on September 1.

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Irish bishops defend the country’s laws on abortion

 

DUBLIN (CNS): In the face of anger and criticism, the bishops of Ireland have expressed their anguish and sorrow over the death of a woman who died in childbirth on October 28 at the University Hospital of Galway.

In an official statement released on November 19, the bishops said that any pregnant women should receive all treatment necessary to save their lives, even if the procedure results in the unintended death of an unborn child.

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