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» 01/13/2006
INDIA
Doctors must be more responsible vis-à-vis abortion, says Indian Church
by Nirmala Carvalho
The secretary general of the Catholic Bishops' Conference is shocked by the Lancet study on selective abortions on India and stresses the need for ethics in the medical profession.

Mumbai (AsiaNews) – "It does not make any difference whether it is female foetuses of male foetuses that are aborted. Both are murders of humans by humans and are to be absolutely condemned," said Mgr Percival Fernandez, secretary general of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI). He was shocked by the Lancet report according to which 10 million girls were not born as a result of selective abortion. Despite a law banning the practice, it is widespread in many hospital or medical clinics across the country.

In an interview with AsiaNews, the prelate, who is a former director of the St. John's Medical College in Bangalore, reiterated the need for ethics in the medical profession.

Mgr Fernandez calls for medical student to do rural service to give them "first hand knowledge about the plight of the teeming millions of Indians who live in the villages".

The prelate is seriously concerned by the magnitude of the abortion issue in India. "It is a reflection on the decadent morality of society," he said. "People's conscience has been dulled," he noted, adding that "aborting a male or female foetus is the same crime against human life and the Creator".

"Remedial measures are to be urgently taken to put an end to this silent dance of death on female foetuses," said Fr Joseph Babu, spokesman for the CBCI.

"Life is a precious gift from the Creator. It is not to be destroyed, but is instead to be nurtured. And it becomes everyone's and the nation's sacred duty to uphold the right of women to be born and be part of the world.
Finally, Father Babu warned that the issue is already having "serious social repercussions on gender equality which is already reaching an unsustainable level".


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See also
10/10/2012 INDIA
Three million girls "missing" as a result of selective abortions and infanticide
by Nirmala Carvalho
12/14/2011 INDIA
Eight arrests after selective female abortion racket uncovered
by Nirmala Carvalho
03/05/2008 INDIA
Three thousand dollars per family to rear a daughter
01/09/2006 INDIA
10 million female fetuses aborted in 20 years
by Nirmala Carvalho
02/18/2013 INDIA
Government to sanction 100 doctors for performing selective abortion and female foeticide
by Nirmala Carvalho

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