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Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI

Headline: ASIA/SOUTH KOREA – President of the Bishops’ Conference rejects amendment of the abortion law and calls for the right to conscientious objection: “Abortion is unacceptable”

Seoul – “Abortion is unacceptable. The Church will always protect human life, from conception to natural death. Therefore, we hope the Korean government will allow a conscientious objection to the abortion law”, said Bishop Mathias Lee Yong-hoon, at the head of the diocese of Suwon, who was elected CBCK’s new president at the Oct. 12-15 Fall General Assembly. The Bishop, who was previously President of the Bioethics Commission of the Bishops’ Conference, comments on the debate about changes to the abortion law currently underway in the Korean parliament, observed: “The protection of the dignity of human life and the inalienable right to life and human dignity are values that cannot be compromised”, he said. Based on this conviction, the Bishop asked the civil authorities for the recognition of a conscientious objection: “The right to conscientious objection enables doctors and nurses to refuse abortions requested by their patients. Health workers should not be punished just because they refuse to perform an abortion procedure”.

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