Wednesday, October 10, 2007

On Consistency Re Life

Opposition to death penalty and support for abortion are contradictory, says FundaciĆ³n Vida

Madrid, Oct 9, 2007 / 11:25 am (CNA).- The director of the international office of FundaciĆ³n Vida, Jose Antonio Retamar, said this week, “Any entity that claims to be against the death penalty but then supports abortion in certain circumstances incur a serious contradiction.”

In response to the upcoming vote of the 62nd UN General Assembly on the worldwide suspension of the death penalty, Retamar said his foundation hopes delegates remember that the basis of the proposal is the human right to life. “You cannot promote the abolition of the death penalty while at the same time you promote the legalization of abortion or you pressure for the introduction of feticide,” he added.

Retamar said he is completely opposed to the death penalty as it is a direct attack on “the human right to life.” “The subject of this right is universal and thus there can be no exceptions, and its object extends from the moment of conception to natural death.”

“Therefore, those NGOs that do not accept the universality of the subject or limit themselves on the object do not base their claims on human rights but on an opportunistic social policy.”

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