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Irish bishops defend pro-life constitutional amendment

March 10, 2016

Ireland’s bishops “strongly oppose any weakening of the affirmation of the right to life of the unborn,” according to a statement issued at the conclusion of a three-day meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference.

The bishops “acknowledged that respect for the sacredness of every human life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death is critical to the right of all citizens to be treated equally and with dignity,” according to the statement.

They also “noted some recent calls to remove article 40.3.3 from the Constitution of Ireland through which the State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practical, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.”

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