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Sri Lankan parishes campaign for the unborn child

Catholic bishops are currently opposing the government's decision to broaden the scope for legalized abortions

Sri Lankan parishes campaign for the unborn child

A woman prays during Mass for the Sri Lankan community at St. Peter's Basilicain the Vatican, in this file photo. (Photo by AFP) 

October 10, 2017

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Parishes, church movements and institutions in Colombo Archdiocese have organized a campaign to protect the unborn in Sri Lanka.

They conducted special prayer services and screening of films across the archdiocese to educate Catholics on the evils of abortion, Oct. 8.

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo asked family life committees in parishes to be active in the campaign.

"Let us pray and storm heaven for support in this venture in protecting the right to life for all these innocents, otherwise, they will be ruthlessly murdered by unscrupulous elements in the name of a so called right to choice," said Cardinal Ranjith.

Catholic bishops are currently opposing the government's decision to broaden the scope for legalized abortions.

Currently, abortion is illegal in the island nations except when it is needed to save the life of the mother. According to media reports, 10 to 12 percent of maternal deaths are due to excessive bleeding and infections after unsafe and illegal abortions.

An estimated 650 illegal abortions take place daily in Sri Lanka.

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