Resist abortion laws, Mexican bishops tell doctors

Responding to a new Mexico City law legalising abortions in the Mexican capital, the country's bishops have called on doctors to refuse to perform abortions.

Sign on San Diego reports that the church has vowed to continue its anti-abortion campaign even through it is under investigation for possibly violating Mexican laws forbidding the church's participation in politics.

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

"We call on all of those of good conscience not to be responsible for the abominable act," the Mexican bishops' letter stated.

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

Archdiocese spokesman Hugo Valdemar Romero has said doctors and nurses who performed abortions and lawmakers who supported the legalisation will be excommunicated.

Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, whose leftist Democratic Revolution Party backed the bill approved by city lawmakers last week, said he would not be deterred by the church's statements.

Hugo Valdemar Romero, spokesman for the Mexico City archdiocese, also 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.

Mexico church fights abortion law (MCW News, 1/5/07)
Mexico Catholic Church tells doctors not to perform abortions under new law (Sign on San Diego, 1/5/07)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Norberto Cardinal Rivera Carrera (Catholic-Hierarchy)

Mexican Catholics protest abortion legalisation plans (CathNews, 24/4/07)
Miss Mexico mocks Catholic martyrs (CathNews, 19/4/07)
Mexican bishops turn heat on graphic sex education textbooks (CathNews, 24/8/06)
Pell says Australia changing its mind on abortion (CathNews, 15/2/06)
Pope says 'no' to gay marriage, abortion pill (CathNews 13/1/06)

2 May 2007

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