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Abortion is not a human right - Cardinal

2017-08-30 07:54:53
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Abortion cannot be considered as a human right as claimed by some, Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said over the weekend.

“Some claim that abortion is a human right. Right to kill is not a human right. Human rights are there to save lives not to end them,” cardinal said at a service in Thewatte Basilica on Sunday.

“ Even the previous government tied to ease the abortion laws and now we here that this government is also out to do the same. Catholic Bishops Conference which issued a statement on the matter has been criticized by some,” he added.

Cardinal Ranjith said all children are born according to God’s will and no one is born outside his will. He said even those who are differently-abled keep their parents together and play a role in ensuring well-being of their families.


  Comments - 53

  • roshan jayashantha Wednesday, 30 August 2017 08:12

    mama tharaye heladakinava

    Reply : 32       12

    Human Thursday, 31 August 2017 07:13

    What about the killings under the previous Government?

    Reply : 8       6

    ANTON Wednesday, 30 August 2017 08:24

    YES HOLY FATHER , ABORTION IS , WHATEVER THE FORM, DESTRUCTION OF HUMAN LIFE.

    Reply : 57       58

    AjithZ Wednesday, 30 August 2017 17:44

    You are correct. Cardinal only explained the catholic view. Wish that the other religious leaders also express theirs openly for all to see.

    Reply : 7       32

    Pre Foetus initial period Wednesday, 30 August 2017 18:48

    It is only after the foetus is formed there is life and the mother can feel the babies movement. Medical opinion (please check) is that this happens after 4 to 5 weeks of the "event" . Therefore cannot abortion be done in the pre-foetus formation period ?

    Reply : 4       22

    Ruwan Thursday, 31 August 2017 20:59

    You are spot on Anton.

    Reply : 5       10

    Gerald Saturday, 2 September 2017 12:11

    My people are destroyed due to lack of knowledge of MY WORD. Who is teaching the WORD?

    Reply : 1       2

    nick Wednesday, 30 August 2017 08:28

    absolutely correct only God has the rights to take off any life or give any life but unfortunately all the Christian countries have changed laws in fact they allow to marry man vs man very sad world is heading for a begging of mankind which these practices were used when man had no knowledge but now too much knowledge via DM Android App

    Reply : 54       49

    daily boru Wednesday, 30 August 2017 12:54

    There are no more christian counties only muslim and a buddhist.

    Reply : 25       16

    sathyayaa Tuesday, 5 September 2017 22:59

    The Church in the history talked much about protecting unborn babies but waged so many wars against the believers of other faiths resulting millions of deaths. It is nothing more than hypocrisy.

    Reply : 0       1

    Lama Wednesday, 30 August 2017 08:28

    But the choice to ignore your opinion is a Human Right

    Reply : 17       76

    Ruwan Wednesday, 30 August 2017 18:03

    But a choice to ignore God's commandment is neither yours nor a human right.

    Reply : 25       17

    No Thursday, 31 August 2017 16:00

    Dear Ruwan. Most people in this country doesnt believe in your fictional god. So please dont try to force your beliefs on others

    Reply : 8       9

    Ruwan Friday, 1 September 2017 11:38

    Mr. No, I am referring to the God who died for your sins. So how can this be fictional? It's still not too late to believe in what is right.

    Reply : 6       3

    Perumal Wednesday, 30 August 2017 08:44

    Of course, it is only a human wrong or perhaps may be a woman right!

    Reply : 10       34

    Nilmini Wednesday, 30 August 2017 18:38

    Feminism and women's rights is another evil.

    Reply : 13       11

    ceylon Wednesday, 30 August 2017 09:20

    rape victims also have human rights.who cares their children from evil enemy .church take care them . via DM Android App

    Reply : 6       63

    Shameless Wednesday, 30 August 2017 09:21

    But your eminence, respecfully, sinhala girls today desperately need abortions. They get pregnant even before their olevels. Unlike Muslim females, Sinhala females are extremely liberal and abortion along with drugs, sex and alcohol are their fundamental human rights. You have no right to deny them that.

    Reply : 51       26

    lkboy Wednesday, 30 August 2017 09:22

    So why does god give children with defects?

    Reply : 12       63

    Ruwan Thursday, 31 August 2017 20:34

    Please re-read the article again. You have your answer there.

    Reply : 4       6

    Dee Wednesday, 30 August 2017 09:31

    Great news for rapists. Now the church can take care of the offspring of rape victims.

    Reply : 13       58

    Jayasekara Wednesday, 30 August 2017 11:31

    Yes the church has been taking care of unwanted children and will hopefully will continue

    Reply : 11       24

    Fayad Wednesday, 30 August 2017 09:34

    If a woman get raped and get pregnant still she have to keep the child ???what human rights is that ???????

    Reply : 11       65

    Could Wednesday, 30 August 2017 11:32

    I hope the church will come forward to keep the child when born and provide psychological counselling to the mother who was raped for going through a traumatizing pregnancy

    Reply : 5       16

    Ruwan Wednesday, 30 August 2017 18:07

    Rape or whatever the form it is God's will that, tthat person be born. Hence, it is no one's right to murder such person.

    Reply : 18       12

    Why Thursday, 31 August 2017 16:03

    So you are saying that rape is gods will. Seriously if your god s that cruel why do you guys still believe in him.

    Reply : 3       7

    Ruwan Thursday, 31 August 2017 20:22

    Yes Fayed, shes's gotta keep the child and look after him/her diligently. Abortion is billion times worse than rape. Abortion = Murder.

    Reply : 3       6

    Pf Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:03

    True.Abortion is a killing of human being.What Rev.Cardinal said is the truth. via DM Android App

    Reply : 23       20

    Daily boru Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:22

    for Catholics a person is dead only when he stops breathing, And born in the moment the fetus is formed. But scientists define this quit differently. pointless arguing which one is correct.

    Reply : 7       13

    Me Wednesday, 30 August 2017 10:45

    Religion should have no involvement in this decision via DM Android App

    Reply : 14       39

    Gamarala Wednesday, 30 August 2017 12:28

    Agreed. Religion is a travesty. All religions. Lies created by evil men to manipulate the uneducated and superstitious. Religion breeds hate and prejudice. It's 2017AD, not 1500BC, people need to get over it.

    Reply : 5       23

    Katie Wednesday, 30 August 2017 11:10

    Very True! Religion should not have any involvement in this decision, be it Muslim/Sinhala/Tamil/Burgher . What is wrong is wrong

    Reply : 6       23

    Human Wednesday, 30 August 2017 11:24

    Then tell to god stop producing disable babies.

    Reply : 9       23

    perera Wednesday, 30 August 2017 13:15

    Thank you Father for speaking for speechless!

    Reply : 13       19

    SPEECHLESS Wednesday, 30 August 2017 18:36

    I thought the "speechless" are those who get pregnant due to rape.

    Reply : 6       16

    Hiran Wednesday, 30 August 2017 13:20

    So, when a girl gets raped and gets pregnant, that is God's will?

    Reply : 3       23

    GC Wednesday, 30 August 2017 14:07

    No, it is the fault of the raper who should be punished. By the way, those who want freedom to kill any 'unwanted' baby in the womb, used 'rape' and 'handicapped' extreme cases as the trojan horse towards full freedom in most western countries and still use them to justify it.Thank you Cardinal and the Catholic Church for speaking out when others who should could be silent.

    Reply : 13       9

    Sooo Thursday, 31 August 2017 16:05

    So its a sin to abort but ok to kill the rapist? i

    Reply : 0       5

    Hemaka Wednesday, 30 August 2017 14:22

    Yes abortion is criminal thing to do but there are exceptional casses as well.Think if an inecent girl child gets pregnant because of some EVIL MONSTER is it fair for her to be a mother at such an young age? Practically sh'll loose her entire child hood that we humans crave for when we do grow old.

    Reply : 3       13

    Ron Wednesday, 30 August 2017 16:53

    I would wholeheartedly support cardinals view if he has a mechanism to look after all baby's who were born to victimized mothers.

    Reply : 8       5

    ravin Wednesday, 30 August 2017 17:18

    With all due respect father. What you are saying is an exceptional circumstances such as , a rape victim( including underage),if the mother got disabled due an accident, advance cancer in one of the reproductive organs , or if the only solution available is either save mother or let both to die etc. ,etc., medical professionals should not take the decision with concurrences of close relatives?

    Reply : 0       8

    Meaning in a nutshell Wednesday, 30 August 2017 18:33

    The Cardinal means "What man and women put together let no one put asunder" !

    Reply : 2       6

    Ruwan Wednesday, 30 August 2017 18:33

    Abortion (including homosxualism) are straight free tickets to hell. Based on the comments, I can see some who will burn in hell forever. It's still not too late to change.

    Reply : 11       14

    Mark Thursday, 31 August 2017 07:54

    The problem is that god does not provide for the poor girl who got raped or the severely deformed baby. The parents or the grandparents have to shoulder the burden. All this talk of god is nonsensical. Also, no sane doctor performs an abortion after fetus is fully formed. Those that hurl this accusation at doctors who perform abortions are utter liars. We are not bound by the dictates of the catholic church the last time I checked we were a Buddhist state. So where are the Mahanayakes?

    Reply : 2       7

    dilip Thursday, 31 August 2017 07:57

    But,in vatican ,this vercion is history! About previous governement! We know what happenned! Its better stay away from politics pls !

    Reply : 1       6

    Al Amaray Thursday, 31 August 2017 20:51

    with all due respect, I would suggest you to take a basic biology class. Understand the human body and it's functions. Then you will see the reality of life. Most of the time 5000 year old ideas in religious scriptures are not practical.

    Reply : 3       4

    cp Friday, 1 September 2017 14:17

    who understands human body and its functions than the Creator referred here by you as old ideas in religous scriptures 5000 years old (he is the Ageless eternal God) Are you saying you know better

    Reply : 4       0

    laksiri Thursday, 31 August 2017 20:51

    yes it is a human rigth of the any women and it is noit a business of god . so any women has right to decide what should do and no any religion leader come to make such statment based on old book or theory .

    Reply : 6       4

    Ruwan Friday, 1 September 2017 09:36

    Laksiri, was it your mother's right to murder you when you were residing in her womb? Think about it, you are a separate unique individual and no one has any right to murder (abort) you.

    Reply : 5       5

    Tikiri Thursday, 31 August 2017 21:20

    Roman Catholic church which has killed millions of innocent people in Inquisitions should not talk about the sanctity of life.

    Reply : 5       4

    Ruwan Thursday, 31 August 2017 21:43

    It's because Satan (the devil) reigned inside the Roman Catholic Church during different long periods in history which has been proven and documented. Do some research and you'll find. Irrespective of the religion, Abortion = Murder of a human life.

    Reply : 6       6

    asitha Friday, 1 September 2017 12:10

    God is a creation of man due to ignorance and fear.

    Reply : 3       5

    Don Friday, 1 September 2017 17:51

    So a fetus brought from rape is God's will? Strange.

    Reply : 2       4

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