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Colombian bishops reject abortion drug in health plan

The secretary general of the Colombian Bishops' Conference has condemned the inclusion of the abortifacient drug Misoprostol in the country's national health care plan.

In a Nov. 6 statement, Bishop Jose Daniel Falla Robles said the move allows "the abortion of living human beings in the prenatal phase of their existence."

"It is our duty in this regard to state that the inclusion of Misoprostol in the national health care plan is a measure that is both medically and legally immoral," he added.

Bishop Robles noted that the National Institute for the Administration of Food and Drugs - the equivalent of the FDA in the United States - has repeatedly refused to approve the use of Misoprostol when a fetus is alive in the womb.

It has only authorized its use for cases in which the fetus is already "dead and retained and for treatment for incomplete abortions."

The move to include Misoprostol in the health care plan came after the country's Attorney General, Alejandro Ordonez, was ordered by Colombia's Supreme Court to issue a correction to statements he made against a ruling by the court that legalized abortion. Ordonez, however, has reiterated his pro-life stance.

Read more: http://www.ewtnnews.com/catholic-news/Americas.php?id=6503#ixzz2C2kM9uFI

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