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South Korean bishops launch pro-life initiative: free Catholic hospital care

February 08, 2011

Unmarried pregnant women in South Korea-- a nation with one of the highest abortion rates in the world-- will be able to receive free maternity care in Catholic hospitals under a new initiative launched by the bishops’ pro-life activities committee. To encourage these women not to abort their children, parishes and dioceses will also provide shelter and financial assistance.

“The Catholic Church teaches that human life begins from fertilization,” said Bishop Gabriel Chang Bong-hun of Cheongju. “Abortions and destruction of human embryos are grave crimes that destroy life.”

“We all should be the protectors of life by respecting and loving life and being proclaimers of the Gospel of life.”


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  • Posted by: Lisa Nicholas, PhD - Feb. 08, 2011 10:37 PM ET USA

    This is an excellent idea! I hope it will spread to other countries.