French bishops have spoken out against a government initiative that would give minors greater access to abortion.
    The changes would allow children to undergo abortions without parental consent. They would also extend the legal period for an abortion to 12 from 10 weeks of pregnancy.
    A statement from the French Bishops' Conference published on Wednesday emphasised that the proposal is not jutified "either from the medical point of view, or psychological, family, social or philosophic reasons".
    After 25 years of legal abortion in France, there are 200,000 abortions a year, versus 720,000 births, the bishops noted.
    Given these figures, "there should be a critical examination of the legislation adopted, of its implications and consequences, especially for the life, heart, and body of women who have undergone abortions," the statement said.
    Zenit (available soon)
13 Oct 00

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