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South African bishops lament 15 years of legalized abortion

February 02, 2012

Writing on behalf of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Buti Tlhagale of Johannesburg has issued a statement lamenting the fifteenth anniversary of the legalization of abortion in South Africa.

“Fifteen years have passed since abortion on demand was legalized in South Africa. Since then it is estimated that over one million unborn children were denied the most fundamental of rights, the right to life,” he began. “We remember those one million babies. Those aborted 15 years ago would now be in grade 9 or 10, bringing joy to their families and planning their own futures. Those whose lives were ‘terminated’ ten years ago would now be playing on the streets of our towns and villages in the evenings and singing and praying with us in our churches on Sunday.”

“We regret that those children of God were denied the right to be born into God’s world and to enrich it with their own unique gifts and talents,” he added. “We will never fully realize what we have missed because the law says ‘abortion is fine.’”


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