A South Korean Catholic bishop has criticized the country’s existing policy of legalizing abortion and called on lawmakers to engage in meaningful dialogue for change after the US Supreme Court overturned a pro-abortion ruling.

Bishop Linus Lee Seong-hyo of Suwon Diocese insisted that the US ruling is a clarion call for the nation to change its abortion policy, reported the Catholic Peace and Broadcasting Corporation (CBPC).

“The fetus has never violated a woman’s right to self-determination. Life is innate and is a dignity that no one can invade through any ideology,” said Bishop Lee, chairman of the Committee for Life of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Korea, during a CBPC interview aired last week.

In line with a ruling from the Constitutional Court in 2019 that said a ban on abortions was illegal, the South Korean government decided to decriminalize abortion up to the 14th week of pregnancy last year.

Currently, the Korean parliament has six bills pending related to abortion. These include a bill seeking complete abolition of abortion as a crime and two bills seeking a ban on abortion after 6 weeks and 10 weeks respectively.

The prelate also criticized Catholic politicians such as US President Joe Biden who opposed the overturning of the Roe v/s Wade decision by the US Supreme Court.

Bishop Lee said Biden’s support of abortion was tantamount to being “anti-Christian views.”

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