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30 / 08 / 2008 - Mexico City`s Abortion Law Sticks
Bishops Affirm Priority of Right to Life
The right to life is a fundamental rock upon which a government and its laws must be built, and an essential element for a culture of life, affirmed the bishops of Mexico.
The bishops said this Thursday after Mexico's Supreme Court reached a decision to uphold the capital city's legalization of abortion on demand through the first trimester, which came into force in April 2007.
The 8-3 vote opens the way for other states in the country to follow suit, and makes Mexico City one of the few places in Latin America that allows the procedure without limitations.
The country's bishops made an urgent appeal for all Mexicans to be aware of the gravity that the defense of life "from conception to its natural death" implies.
"Human life is a gift," they affirmed, "a present and a right that must always be valued, looked after, and protected."
"In the context of this reflection, we appeal to the society as a whole to struggle to protect all human embryos," the statement said, "because the inalienable right to life of every individual from his conception must be a constitutive element of civil society and its legislation."
Pointing to the country's constitution, the bishops affirmed that "the right to life appears in a clear and concrete way" in the text, and that "no one can be deprived, among other rights, of life."
The bishops affirmed that the recognition of the rights of the unborn is "an essential element for the consolidation of the culture of life."
They said Mexicans "long for a culture of life that will make our country a place of civil and positive coexistence. Therefore, let us be concerned that no one is ever excluded from human development."
The bishops added: "The Church, faithful to her mission, sees in these signs an extraordinary occasion to assume her social commitment in the formation of a Christian conscience that contributes to the building of the common good.
"Let us all work and collaborate together to guarantee the right to life of all persons, without which there is no existence or enjoyment of all the other rights, on which the future of our Mexico depends."
Source : Zenit.org