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US law close to endorsing infanticide: bishops
    The actions of the Supreme Court of the United States have brought the nation's legal system 'to the brink of endorsing infanticide', according to a statement of the nation's Catholic bishops.
    'Abortion and the Court: Advancing the Culture of Death' claims that from its 1973 rulings (Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton), which legalised abortion on demand, to its decision last June striking down Nebraska's ban on partial-birth abortion, the Court's rulings 'dealt a devastating blow to the most fundamental human right: the right to life'.
    The Bishops also called citizens to encourage a true legal reform to defend life, even considering a constitutional amendment.
    "As religious leaders, we know that human life is our first gift from a loving Father and the condition for all other earthly goods. We know that no human government can legitimately deny the right to life or restrict it to certain classes of human beings. Therefore, the Court's abortion decisions deserve only to be condemned, repudiated and ultimately reversed," the Bishops said.
   
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22-Nov-00