Guadalajara, Mexico, Oct 3, 2018 / 23:00 pm
After an event featuring abortion rights activists was held at a Mexican Jesuit university, the president of the Mexican bishops' conference reiterated that the Church opposes abortion, and said that he had no prior knowledge of the event and that this forum was not authorized by the Church.
Abortion is illegal in Mexico. However, in 2007 Mexico City, the country's capital, decriminalized abortion for up to 12 weeks for any reason. By some estimates, there have been two million abortions there since that time.
In his communiqué entitled "No to Abortion," Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega stated "Our position as believers is founded on both Sacred Scripture and the magisterium of the Church as well as natural law and what science has demonstrated regarding the beginning of the existence of the human being,"
"Serious scientific studies prove the existence of a life, of a different person, from the moment of conception. Respect for life must not be subject to a debate, nor some eagerness for 'openness' or to be 'cutting edge,' even less so for questions of taste or feelings, as if respect for life could depend on what some people feel or think," the prelate pointed out.