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Church leaders in Portugal ponder implications of abortion "yes" vote


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Church leaders in Portugal ponder implications of abortion "yes" vote

The Catholic Church in Portugal has been holding meetings to discuss how to react to Sunday’s referendum on abortion. Portugal voted “yes” for a relaxation of country’s strict abortion laws. Church leaders meeting in Fatima, said that abortion may be legal in law but that does not give it moral credence and called on civic society to make the law unworkable.

Carlos Azevedo a spokesperson for the Catholic Church in Portugal said. “We believe that those that voted yes to relax the abortion laws were in fact voting against illegal abortions, we in the church support that. What we want to see is improved education among the young and improved support for mothers.”

Sunday’s vote failed to reach the required 50 percent turnout to make the result legally binding. The issue will now be voted on in parliament where the governing socialists feel their majority will pass the new law, making abortion legal for every woman in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy.

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