Manila archbishop says unwanted pregnancies could be avoided if people were "less selfish, more disciplined and capable of self control"

After recent reports on incidents of abortion and news about the baby abandoned in a Gulf Air plane, Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Rosales issued a pastoral letter on September 17, reports ABS-CBNNews.com. The letter "(reminded) its flock about the importance of human life," according to ABS-CBNNews.com.

Rosales said unwanted pregnancies could be avoided if people were "less selfish, more disciplined, (strong willed), and capable of self control and making sacrifices." He added, "Thou shalt not kill! A deliberately procured abortion is a moral evil and the Catholic Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication on those who procure it and on those who help obtain abortion."

According to the ABS-CBNNews.com report, "Rosales also opposed new bills filed in Congress that would allow abortion in special cases." Rosales said, "special prayers and acts of reparation will be made" at the churches where aborted fetuses were found recently.

24 Oras video: Fetus dumped in trash heap found with rosary

A day after the letter was read on September 19 in churches in the Manila Archdiocese, another fetus was found in a trash heap in Quezon City, reports GMANews.tv. Citing radio dzBB, the report said child scavengers discovered the fetus inside a box on San Mateo Road, Batasan Hills. Village officials said the fetus was male and about five to six months old. A rosary and a P5 coin were found in the box along with the fetus.

For more on this story, log on to ABS-CBNNews.com and GMANews.tv.

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