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Mexico Catholic Church tells doctors not to perform abortions under new law

Mexico Catholic Church tells doctors not to perform abortions under new law

The Roman Catholic Church on Sunday called on doctors not to perform abortions and pledged to continue its anti-abortion campaign even though it is under investigation for possibly violating Mexican laws forbidding its participation in politics.
The church's campaign against Mexico City's new law legalizing abortions in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy potentially clashes with a constitutional ban on religious political activism.
Mexico City officials have said doctors at city-run hospitals cannot refuse to perform abortions based on personal moral objection, but in a letter read at Sunday mass, Cardinal Norberto Rivera said they could.
"We call on all of those of good conscience not to be responsible for the abominable act," the letter stated. "We remind the doctors, nurses, health care workers and all those affected by this unjust law, that they can invoke their human right to conscientious objection."
Archdiocese spokesman Hugo Valdemar Romero has said the church would not stop campaigning against abortion, even though the Interior Department said it is investigating whether prelates violated laws that forbid their involvement in politics.
Doctors and nurses who performed abortions and lawmakers who supported the legalization will be excommunicated, he said.
Elsewhere in Mexico, abortion is only allowed in cases of rape, danger to the mother's life or severe fetal defects. The only countries in the region that allow abortion are Cuba and Guyana.


Updated : 2020-12-01 05:16 GMT+08:00