Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Mandela should have protected lives of unborn

THE secular canonisation of Nelson Mandela has been truly extraordinary and, indeed, a disservice to the man, and to history. There is much to admire in Mandela's long life and public service, particularly his personal courage and stalwart defence of human rights. However, he was not without blood on his hands.

In 1996, Mandela signed into law the Choice, replacing one of the world's toughest abortion laws with one of the most liberal.

He had such a triumphant life fighting for civil rights, yet he failed to see all unborn children as deserving the same chance to life.

DR OWEN GALLAGHER

Glenavy, Co Antrim

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