Need to send out "good message" on abortion: Melbourne bishop

Melbourne auxiliary Bishop Christopher Prowse says that keeping abortion in the Crimes Act sends out a good message. His statement comes as debate is heating up over legislation to decriminalise abortion in Victoria.

Catholic MPs are expected to come under pressure this week. Bishop Prowse has said that MPs who call themselves Catholics should seriously consider the church's teachings on the protection of human life. But, he added, "we would always want to use the medicine of persuasion rather than the medicine of threat".

He said even though abortion had become "de facto legal", keeping it within the Crimes Act sends out a "good message" to the community.

"Sometimes people say if it's not illegal therefore it is moral, but one doesn't follow the other on that one."

Brumby moves to decriminalise abortion (The Age, 21/8/07)
Bill dropped as Brumby seeks advice (Herald Sun,21/8/07)
Health chief tells of abortion experience (The Age, 20/8/07)

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21 Aug 2007