.- Bishop Juan Ignacio GonzÃ¡lez of San Bernardo, Chile, said this week the defense of life from the moment of conception is not exclusive to Catholics and that the government should ârespect essential morality in the application of state health policies.â
The bishopâs comments were in response to Chileâs Secretary General of the Government, Francisco Vidal, who criticized Cardinal Francisco Errazurizâs questioning of the decision to distribute 30,000 morning after pillsâknown for their abortifacient effectsâby saying he governs for 15 million Chileans and not for a creed.
According to Bishop GonzÃ¡lez, with the measure, the Executive power âhas gotten itself into a mess. Itâs the government that is playing with fire, not the Church,â he said, adding that âeven when one is governing 15 million Chileans, one can never act immorally.â
The bishop asked authorities to go to the heart of the problem, which is the debate over whether nor not human life begins at conception.
âIs human life from the moment of conception off limits? Yes or no,â asked the bishop.
Bishop GonzÃ¡lez said that the measure reflects an âattempt to change some basic and fundamental parameters of our society.â âAt heart here is an anthropological issue, a concept about man and society,â he said.