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17 / 09 / 2010 - Brazilian Bishop reminds voters of `duty` to defend life at the polls
Bishop Miguel Angelo Freitas Ribeiro of Oliveira reminded Catholics in Brazil of their duty to vote for proposals defending life.
The prelate added that the current elected party and its presidential candidate, Dilma Rouseff, support a woman’s right to “self-determination and the decriminalization of abortion,” as well as its availability in public health care facilities.
He also warned that Rousseff is not the only abortion supporting candidate in the race. Various candidates have voiced support for abortion or for at least holding a referendum on the issue, “as if the issue of life could be defined by the majority and not by the objectivity of God’s law and the natural law imprinted on the hearts of all men.”
Bishop Freitas also defended the mission of the Church to “issue moral judgments” about temporal realities such as the political order, especially when “the fundamental rights of the person or the salvation of souls demands it.”
He reminded Catholics that the right to life is the foundation of all other rights and therefore they have the duty to protect it with their vote.
“The right to life occupies a special place in the fifth commandment: Thou shall not kill, which obliges us to defend human life from the moment of conception in the mother’s womb until natural death. Abortion and euthanasia, as well as everything that harms human life, is thus condemned by God,” the bishop concluded.
Source: EWTN News
See also Precious Life's VOTE FOR LIFE Campaign