Vatican praises U.S. Court decision on abortion, saying it challenges world

VATICAN CITY, June 24 (Reuters) – The Vatican Academy for Life on Friday hailed the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion, saying it challenged the world to think about the issues of life.

The Vatican department also said in a statement that the defense of human life cannot be limited to individual rights because life is a matter of “broad social significance.”

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“The fact that a great country with a long democratic tradition has changed its position on this issue also challenges the whole world,” the Academy said in a statement.

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Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, who heads the Pontifical Academy for Life, said the court’s ruling was a “powerful invitation to reflect” on the issue at a time when “Western society is losing the passion for life”.

“By choosing life, our responsibility for the future of humanity is at stake,” Paglia said.

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Reporting by Philip Pullella; written by Angelo Amante; edited by Giulia Segreti and Leslie Adler

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