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Brazil far-right candidate backs Church anti-abortion stance

Brazil far-right candidate backs Church anti-abortion stance

The favored candidate to be Brazil's next president, far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro, on Wednesday signed a commitment to keep abortion illegal if he wins power, backing a stance by the influential Catholic Church.The 63-year-old ex-paratrooper, a Catholi

Italians march against 'pro-life' Verona

Italians march against 'pro-life' Verona

Thousands of protesters marched in the northern Italian city of Verona on Saturday, after the local council passed a motion to fund Catholic anti-abortion groups.The motion, proposed by a member of the far-right League party, declared the city "pro-life". Un

German MPs voice concern about prenatal genetic tests

German MPs voice concern about prenatal genetic tests

More than 100 German lawmakers voiced concern on Friday about prenatal tests for genetic disorders such as Down Syndrome that they say lead to more abortions.They urged an ethics debate in parliament as it considers making such tests more widespread by obligin

Pope says abortion is like hiring 'contract killer'

Pope says abortion is like hiring 'contract killer'

Pope Francis on Wednesday compared having an abortion to hiring a "contract killer"."Interrupting a pregnancy is like eliminating someone," Francis said in an address to worshippers in the Vatican."Getting rid of a human being is like resorting to a contr

Irish MPs hold first abortion bill debate

Irish MPs hold first abortion bill debate

Legislation to allow abortion was debated in the Irish parliament for the first time on Thursday -- with indications a three day "cooling off period" will be fiercely contested.Historically Catholic Ireland voted overwhelmingly to ditch its strict abortion l