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Catholics reject Angola abortion law

2011-12-24 21:17

Luanda - The Catholic Church in Angola on Saturday condemned a new bill to decriminalise abortion in the southern African country.

Justice Minister Guilhermina Prata proposed the draft law to Angola's parliament two months ago to curb clandestine abortions, which have caused the death of many young girls in the country.

But the archbishop of the central city of Huambo, Jose Queiroz, condemned the proposed legislation in strong terms during the Episcopal Conference of Angola and Sao Tome and Principe.

"The legalisation of abortion in Angola represents the state's lack of responsibility in its duties to battle poverty and support the Angolan woman, a constitutional obligation assigned to the authorities," he said on the sidelines of the conference.

"Abortion is not a right for a woman to decide if a human being can or cannot live. Women are responsible for conceiving or not."

A justice ministry official said the bill faces an uphill battle against the pressure of the Church, which is an important moral authority in Angolan society.

Two years ago, Pope Benedict XVI reiterated the Church's ban on abortion in a nationally televised speech during his visit to Angola.

Three fifths of the country's 19 million people are Catholic.

Comments
  • george.vanniekerk - 2011-12-24 22:17

    "catholicism?"...in it's entirety, should be tried and sentenced to death!, for crimes against humanity!

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-25 08:56

      How can this 'church' carry on like this in the 21st Century? They should all be banned.

      Mike - 2011-12-25 10:17

      "sigh" And the fairy tale believes still want to dictate to people in the 21st century. Religion is still the biggest evil and draw back we have in this world.

  • Ndurengo Maxzino Mncwabe - 2011-12-24 22:21

    Well... I think contraception is best, aborting i don't agree with. I know it's "democratic" but i don't believe in it. I think as people we should try & PREVENT unplanned pregnacies as we possibley can. However people should be allowed to choose their own path.

      Len - 2011-12-25 01:07

      Then, you have every right to choose what you believe and others have a right to choose what they believe. Why should one group of individuals decide for everyone?

      Dakey - 2011-12-25 02:40

      @Lenand. Difference is my choice does not include murder. Perhaps we should advocate the murder of infants who are too noisy at night? Why is it that liberals fight for the life of murderers, yet couldn't even bother to protect the life of an innocent human organism?

      Mashadi Queenm Monaledi - 2011-12-25 15:59

      try telling that to a rape victim or maybe a girl molested by a family member...do you not read the new?

      Mashadi Queenm Monaledi - 2011-12-25 15:59

      try telling that to a rape victim or maybe a girl molested by a family member...do you not read the news?

  • Ndurengo Maxzino Mncwabe - 2011-12-24 22:22

    Well... I think contraception is best, aborting i don't agree with. I know it's "democratic" but i don't believe in it. I think as people we should try & PREVENT unplanned pregnacies as we possibley can. However, people should be allowed to choose their own path.

  • Eugene - 2011-12-25 06:24

    Trust the Catholics to stand in the way of progress.

  • Horst - 2011-12-25 07:31

    Some realistic thinking is required here. Nice to have beliefs in the right to life of the unborn, but the reality is that we are reaching a point of over-population. Abortion is one way to curb it.

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-25 11:02

    Any religion that ignores the laws of nature is a false religion. Increased population only serves the upper class who benefit from a bigger and cheaper source of labour.

      goyougoodthing - 2011-12-25 11:39

      Well to a point. The liberal laws we have these days merely makes overpopulation a middle-class burden.

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