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Multifaith condemnation of push for legalised abortion in Indonesia

Leaders of Indonesia's five recognised religions have issued a joint statement to condemn abortion and a possible government move that they say would legalise abortion in the country.

Representatives of Buddhism, Catholicism, Islam, Hinduism and Protestantism - religions officially recognised in Indonesia - signed a joint statement.

"We agree to firmly refuse abortion and efforts to legalise it and urge all components of society to preserve life from conception," the statement declared.

It was presented last week at a press conference after the religious officials met at Jakarta's Istiqlal Mosque, where they discussed and condemned efforts by the government to amend the 1992 Health Law.

Indonesia's existing Health Law allows abortion only to save a mother's life but the revision would provide wider legal grounds for abortion.

UCA News

31 Jan 2003