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Archbishop Eamon Martin airs concern over new abortion laws

By Mark O'Regan

Proposals to remove the right to life of a terminally ill unborn child - under new Northern Ireland abortion laws - have been strongly condemned by the Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin.

The all-Ireland primate led a group of Catholic parents, doctors, lawyers and clergy to a meeting with Stormont's Justice Minister David Ford to express grave concerns about planned changes in the legislation.

The delegation also argued against moves to allow abortion in cases of rape and other sexual crimes.

Archbishop Martin said they have listened to parents who have faced the "fear and trauma" that comes with the diagnosis of a serious illness during pregnancy.

"We have heard them tell us how much they treasured those precious minutes, hours or in some cases months and years, they had with their child," he added.

Mr Ford said the meeting had been useful and had given the opportunity to "perhaps correct some misconceptions".

He said the consultation was about "two very narrow areas of legislation".

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