.- The Archbishop of Guatemala City, Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruno, said this week that abortion is a crime and the murder of an innocent human being. Nobody has a ârightâ to get one, he stated while nothing thatall Guatemalans must defend life from conception to natural death.
In his homily on Sunday, the cardinal explained that abortion is simply the âkilling of a child in his motherâs womb.â Those who practice this infanticide âreduce the meaning of human life to a simple fetus.â
After noting that life begins at conception, the cardinal stressed that âeveryone has the right to be born, and anything deliberately done to obstruct this right to life is a crime.â
Referring to pro-abortion and feminist groups who are working to make abortion a ârightâ for women, Cardinal Quezada stressed that abortion will always be a crime and that âthere are some things we must call by their name. A crime can never be turned into a right,â he said.
âNo one, under any circumstances, can assume the right to directly kill an innocent human being,â the cardinal underscored.
âIt is just as serious to kill a 10 year-old child or a 20 year-old adult as it is to kill a baby in his motherâs womb,â he went on.
Recently in Guatemala, 71 lawmakers signed the âBook of Life,â an initiative intended to safeguard the right to life of children in their motherâs wombs. A small group of abortion supporters protested the measure, claiming it would affect the ârights of women over their own bodies.â