UCAN needs your support
You are why we do what we do - report, describe, comment, review. It is to bring to your eyes just what life is like for believers across Asia that we publish UCAN.
But as you know, the effort needs to be sustained if it is to have continuing effect.
UCAN publishes some 150 stories a week in four languages across six websites. We are grateful to benefactors in Europe and the US who support us. But those countries and the Church there are under increasing financial strain and their generosity no longer covers our costs.
We need financial help from our readers to sustain our efforts. Our reporters, editors, video producers and photographers all have families and we need to support them. They do excellent jobs, but they can't do their jobs for nothing.
Will you help us to sustain UCAN? Please click here to help.
Thanks in anticipation.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Korean professors form anti-abortion group
About 350,000 illegal abortions recorded annually in South KoreaMembers of the Pro-life Professorsâ€™ Association pledging to their cause on Jan. 19
- John Choi, Seoul
- January 20, 2011
â€śWe will try to promote the respect for life,â€ť said Martin Nam Myeong-jin, chairperson of the association. People today just don’t care about killing the fetus in the womb, said the medical professor of Gachon University of Medicine and Science.
The professors in medicine, mathematics, law, bio-ethics, music and philanthropy said in their statement today that it is their responsibility as intellectuals in Korean society to condemn abortion.
â€śBeyond the religions, the matter of life is very important and we will exercise our influential power in taking away the trend that makes light of life,â€ť said Kim Joon-il, secretary of the association.
Although we are a group of experts not based on a certain religion, 80-90 percent of the members are Christians, said the math professor from Yonsei University.
The group also asked the Korean government to revise the Mother and Child Health Act that regulates abortion with exception to certain cases.
According to the Ministry of Health and Welfareâ€™s survey, 350,000 cases of abortions, mostly illegal, are recorded annually in Korea.
â€śIt’s good to have such voluntary life movement organization. It will be a good help to the Church’s life movement,â€ť said Father Casimir Song Yul-sup, secretary of Pro-life Activities of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea.
The professors plan to support the life movement through scientific studies.
Korean Church confronts proposed abortion discussion