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UK    BISHOPS RESPOND TO SIAMESE TWINS RULING
The Archbishop of Westminster has expressed fear that a precedent would be set by Friday's decision by the British Court of Appeal to allow a separation operation that would kill one of two Siamese twins.
    Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor said: "I have been particularly concerned that a precedent might be set in English law that could allow an innocent person to be killed, or lethally assaulted, even to prolong the life of another."
    "I have the greatest sympathy for the parents in their present distress," he continued.
    Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Birmingham said: "I express my deep concern for the parents of these babies who in coming to England for excellent medical care now face the prospect that one of their children will be killed."
   
Cath Media Office (London)
   
25 Sep 00



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