Catholic Bishops in Malta Upset United Nations Pushing Abortion There

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 1, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 1, 2004

Floriana, Malta ( — Catholic leaders on the island nation of Malta are upset that the United Nations is pushing the pro-life country to overturn its pro-life laws prohibiting abortion.

Maltese bishops criticized a document released by a UN committee urging the nation to consider allowing abortions in cases of rape or incest or to protect the health of the mother.

In a statement, the bishops called the recommendation "objectionable" and "unacceptable" and urged Malta residents to continue protecting the right to life of unborn children from conception.

"Abortion is and remains the murder of innocent persons, whatever the reason behind it," the bishops said, according to a report by Malta news agency di-ve. "Abortion is fully contrary to the law of God. It is a grave affront to God, who has absolute authority over human life."

The United Nations Human Rights Committee placed Malta and other pro-life nations on a "hit list" of countries that would be subjected to intense lobbying to alter their abortion statutes. Ironically, Malta has a representative on this UN committee.

Malta, an island nation in the Mediterranean Sea, is one of just six countries around the world to prohibit all abortions.

Last month, the UN committee came under fire for urging the Polish parliament to adopt a new law that would allow more abortions to become legal.

The committee has also lobbied Chile to overturn its pro-life laws. In a statement it sent to officials in the South American nation November 26, the committee said it "recommends that the State party revise its legislation and decriminalize abortion in cases of therapeutic abortions and when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest."

Archbishop of Malta Joseph Mercieca, Bishop of Gozo Nicholas J. Cauchi, and Auxiliary Bishop of Malta Annetto Depasquale signed the statement.

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