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Archbishop argues against change in Northern Ireland abortion law

January 15, 2015

Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh met on January 15 with David Ford, justice minister of Northern Ireland, to discuss proposals for a liberalization of abortion laws.

The archbishop, who led a delegation of Catholics to the meeting, argued forcefully against a plan to allow abortion in cases of fatal fetal abnormality. “Instead of removing the right to life of a terminally ill unborn child, we ask the minister to change the law to make it a right to adequate peri-natal and post-natal care,” the archbishop said. He observed that the question tests “our very humanity, how we care for our most vulnerable fellow human beings.”


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