Mexico church fights abortion law

The Roman Catholic Church has called on doctors not to perform abortions and pledged to continue its anti-abortion fight despite being investigated for possibly violating Mexican laws forbidding its participation in politics.

Mexico church fights abortion law

The Roman Catholic Church has called on doctors not to perform abortions and pledged to continue its anti-abortion fight despite being investigated for possibly violating Mexican laws forbidding its participation in politics.

Mexico City officials say doctors at city-run hospitals cannot refuse to perform abortions based on moral objection, but in a letter read at Sunday mass, Cardinal Norberto Rivera said they can.

"We call on all of those of good conscience not to be responsible for the abominable act,'' he said.

"We remind the doctors, nurses, healthcare workers and all those affected by this unjust law, that they can invoke their human right to conscientious objection."

Hugo Valdemar Romero, spokesman for the archdiocese, said the church would not stop campaigning against abortion, despite the interior department saying it was investigating whether church leaders violated laws that forbid their involvement in politics.

Doctors and nurses who performed abortions and legislators who supported the legalisation would be excommunicated, the spokesman said.

The church's campaign against Mexico City's new law legalising abortions in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy potentially clashes with a constitutional ban on religious political activism.

Elsewhere in Mexico, abortion is only allowed in cases of rape, danger to the mother's life or severe foetal defects.

The only countries in the region that allow abortion are Cuba and Guyana.

Last Mod: 30 Nisan 2007, 09:38
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