Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith has urged the government not to proceed with the intended amendments to the Abortion Act. He calls abortion the murder of a voiceless, defenceless human being.
Addressing a press conference at the SEDEC yesterday (29), he said: 'Some people in the government have been making noises on a possible amendment to the country s existing abortion
laws which would allow free abortions in the case of rape and of babies known to be disabled or deformed in their foetal stages of infancy.
Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of its existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person among which are the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.'
'The United Nations Population Programme, other international agencies and some local women s groups are agitating for this on the alleged reason of the enhancement of women s rights.
'Western nations are suffering the effects their own folly with lower birth rates in their societies as they don t have a sufficient young generation in their societies. Children are our future, we should protect them and Sri Lanka should not observe the western conspiracies as Sri Lanka has a precious culture.'