The passage of sweeping legislation in New Jersey codifying the right to late-term abortions prompted the state’s Catholic bishops to speak out in a statement released this week.
In their statement, the bishops expressed their “profound disappointment and deep concern about the passage of S49/A6260 — the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act, which codifies into state law an individual’s right to an abortion, including late-term abortions.”
The legislation departs from the fundamental understanding that “all life is sacred from conception to natural death,” the bishops said Wednesday. “Even more distressing is that the legal and ethical calculus that underlies this new legislation absolutely and forthrightly extinguishes the human and moral identity of the unborn child.”
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