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Bishops welcome PM's commitment on abortion debate

The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference yesterday issued a statement welcoming the Prime Minister's willingness to allow a debate on abortion.

Although he said the Government would not sponsor any legislation aimed at restricting Medicare funding of abortion, Mr Howard has given the go-ahead for a parliamentary debate on abortion, provided a private member's bill emerged and there was a groundswell of support for such a discussion.

Archbishop Francis Carroll, President of the Australia Catholic Bishops Conference, said that abortion is a matter of concern in the community with strong views held by many people.

"It is important that social policy be based on reliable information and that we have a better understanding of the reasons that lead to women choosing abortion," he said. "No-one should argue for suppressing information that would help women in distressing circumstances."

The Catholic Church remains committed to offering services to assist women faced with difficulties in pregnancy.

Bishops Welcome Prime Minister's Comment on Abortion Debate (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference 9/2/05)

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10 Feb 2005