Nicol Cardinal L Nicol Cardinal L
Archbishop of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Cardinal Priest of S Pio X alla Balduina
Oct 31, 1936
Dominican Republic
Jun 28, 1991
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English Cardinal Denounces Proposal to Legalize Abortion in the Dominican Republic
Sept 11, 2007
Says Supporters of the Measure Are Either "Sick", "Hypocritical", or "Comedians".

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, September 10, 2007 ( Cardinal Archbishop of Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic, lashed out last week at politicians and groups agitating to legalize abortion in the country.

When asked  about a recent proposal to legalize abortion for "therapeutic" purposes, he shot back: "No, no abortion, there is nothing more to say."

"No one has the right to kill anyone and some of us are sick, some are hypocrites, some comedians who are protesting against the violence that exists in society and we kill this unfortunate person who has been in his mother's womb for four or five months with the legal authorization of a doctor," he continued. "He is the most defenseless of all, and therefore he must have a massive defense from the society."

He added that even if the whole world approves abortion, "they are all irresponsible", including the United Nations. "Thou shalt not kill is a biblical verse that must be respected," he said.

Cardinal Nicolas De Jesus Lopez Rodriguez has never been hesitant to express his opinions about abortion supporters.  In the past he has referred to them as "charlatans", "impostors", "shameless" and "merchants".

On the same day, the president of the Dominican Republic's Chamber of Deputies (the lower house of their legislature), Julio Cesar Valentin, stated his support for legalizing "therapeutic abortion".  In making his announcement to the press, he used the familiar strategy of using "hard cases" as a wedge for introducing the practice, giving the example of a child who had been impregnated by her grandfather.

In this case, he said, he was a "revolutionary" and "it doesn't matter what impact or damage that my opinion may cause".

"I know the case of a grandfather who raped his granddaughter.  The potential child who will be born, this man will be the father and great-grandfather.  What a disaster, if that is human and that is Christian, alleluia," he said.  He was joined in his statement by the president of Fundaci
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