DAILY CATHOLIC     WEDNESDAY     July 22, 1998     vol. 9, no. 142

from a CATHOLIC perspective

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          MEXICO CITY (CWNews.com) - Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City on Monday strongly rejected government efforts to legalize abortion and said "killing babies does not solve economic and social problems."

          In an interview in the newspaper "El Universal," Cardinal Rivera criticized the statements of Health Secretary Juan Ramon de la Fuente, who supported the legalization of abortion. The archbishop said, "Mexicans should be ashamed of having a government official that promotes baby-killing without ever investing a penny in the promotion of natural family planning."

          "The decision of some government officials to support the legalization of abortion shows their inability to give people what they need, because they think that by killing innocent babies they will solve our social problems," said Cardinal Rivera.

          De la Fuente said the legalization of abortion is needed to reduce the number of women dying from illegal abortions. The cardinal responded, "If the government really wants to reduce female mortality, it should focus not in bogus figures, but on facts: the need to support women during their pregnancy and help them to avoid decisions that do not solve their problems."

          "I think that public health in Mexico has to be improved. There are many basic needs that authorities do not address, but they now try to cover with laws such as the one the Church now and always opposes," he said. Cardinal Rivera added that any effort to legalize abortion will meet with "the strong, openly pro-life position of the Church." He also said, "If the right to life is not respected, what other right will survive?"

          "We are ready to talk with political leaders and parties at any time but we will always reject abortion and stand on the side of life," he concluded.

          In Phoenix, the Cardinal's point was brought home only too clearly when an Arizona abortionist had his medical license suspended on Monday while officials investigate a botched abortion in June and the bleeding death of a woman who had just undergone an abortion in April.

          The Arizona Board of Medical Examiners voted unanimously to suspend the license of Dr. John I. Biskind of Scottsdale. In the April case, Louann Herron, 32, died from a ruptured uterus caused by a medical instrument, which board members said need not have been fatal if proper care had been administered. A criminal investigation into the matter is ongoing.

          In June, Biskind tried to perform an abortion on a 17-year-old girl who he believed was 23 weeks pregnant. In fact, the girl was 37 weeks pregnant and the baby survived the abortion with a fractured skull and lacerations. "Dr. Biskind is incompetent to tell a woman in the middle of her pregnancy from a woman in the end of her pregnancy," Dr. Edward Sattenspiel, a board member, said. "Anybody that does this should not have the right to practice medicine."

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July 22, 1998       volume 9, no. 142


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