.- The secretary general of the Bishopsâ Conference of Spain, Bishop Juan Antonio Martinez Camino, said Thursday that the social acceptance of abortion âis one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th centuryâ and reiterated that âtaking an innocent life is an absolute evil.â
During a press conference at the conclusion of the bishopsâ plenary meeting, Bishop Martinez asked, âHow is it possible that the right to life is not recognizedâ for the unborn while other rights for them are? âThe less this right is protected by law, the more unjust and illegitimate will the law be,â he warned.
Likewise, he called abortion âan intrinsically evil actâ that âgravely violates the dignity of an innocent human being, taking his or her life.â âA society that does not ensure the lives of the unborn is a society that is experiencing serious internal violence,â he said.
Bishop Martinez called for the rejection of âpropaganda that deceptively presents abortion as a just another surgical or medical intervention that is hygienic and safe.â Abortion âgravely wounds the dignity of those who commit it, leaving profound psychological and moral trauma.â
âThe Church,â he continued, âsounds the alarm against the gravity of abortion by determining excommunication for all those who collaborate as necessary accomplices in its completion.â
On the other hand, Bishop Martinez reiterated that providing personal, economic and moral help to women âis a duty of strict justice,â as maternity is a valuable contribution to the common good.
âUnfortunately, pregnant women, left to fend for themselves or even pressured to eliminate their own child, turn to abortion as the both the authors and victims of this violence,â he said.