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Catholic bishops condemn Irish abortion bill

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DUBLIN — Ireland’s Roman Catholic leaders appealed to the public Friday to lobby their lawmakers to reject a bill that would permit abortions deemed necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman, a measure long ordered by Irish and European courts.

In a joint statement, Ireland’s bishops, archbishops, and lone cardinal described the bill, unveiled this week after decades of debate, as ‘‘a dramatic and morally unacceptable change to Irish law.’’

They argued it would be most grievously wrong to give any woman an abortion to assuage her threats to commit suicide, as the bill allows.

‘‘It is a tragic moment for Irish society when we regard the deliberate destruction of a completely innocent person as an acceptable response to the threat of the preventable death of another person,’’ the bishops wrote.

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