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Tuesday, April 10, 2007
HLI on Portugal's legalization of abortion
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HLI Strongly Condemns
Portugal Abortion Move






FRONT ROYAL, VA — “Prime Minister Jose Socrates and President Anibal Cavaco Silva will be remembered in history as the men who gave legal sanction to the mass murder of Portuguese children” said The Rev. Thomas J. Euteneuer, STL, president of Human Life International, (HLI).

Father Euteneuer was responding to Tuesday’s press reports that Portugal’s President Anibal Cavaco Silva ratified a measure liberalizing Portugal’s restrictive abortion laws. Portugal is one of Europe’s most Catholic countries.

The law had been promoted by Prime Minister Jose Socrates and passed by Parliament in February to bring Portugal more “up to date” with its European neighbors. Socrates called the old laws “backward” and a “national disgrace.”

Father Euteneuer responded by saying, “Any move liberalizing abortion is not human progress. That move, not the protection of life, is the genuine step backwards. HLI condemns this action in the strongest possible terms. History will remember Socrates as the one who gave Portuguese babies the cup of hemlock and Cavaco Silva as the one who signed their death warrants.”

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