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Kerala: Church slams PM Modi's family planning remark

Fr Madassery called upon the public to protest legalising abortion without any restrictions.

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Prime minister Narendra Modi's statement during his Independence Day speech that "family planning is a form of patriotism" seems to have irked Kerala's Catholic Church.

Pro-Life Committee under the Kerala Catholic Bishop's Council has issued a communique expressing their opposition to PM Modi's statement.

"Not only do they (small households) contribute to the welfare of their family, but also to the good of the nation. People who have played this huge role need to be honoured, and by setting them as examples, we need to inspire the segment of society still not thinking on these lines. We need to worry about population explosion," the PM had said in his Independence Day speech from Red Fort.

KCBC Family Commission secretary Father Paul Madassery in the communique said that the committee observed that the PM's statement was made with ulterior motives ahead of a case on abortion law coming up for consideration of the Supreme Court by the end of this month.

"Modi, who used the word 'Population Explosion', had also said there was a need for developing new projects to counter this challenge. Since, a case on abortion law is set to come up for hearing at the SC by August-end, the prolife committee which met at Palarivattom POC, observed that the Prime Minister's remarks were made with ulterior motives," the communique stated.

Fr Madassery called upon the public to protest legalising abortion without any restrictions. "Creation of life is an act of God. Destruction of life is an act against God," Fr Madassery said.

Pro-Life committee members, including Sabu Jose, Josy Xavier, Tomy Plamthottam, George F Xavier, Sr Mary George and Shibu John, spoke at the gathering of the committee. The committee is planning on leading protest rallies and awareness campaigns on the issue.

Source: Times of India

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