AMERICA/MEXICO - Human dignity and fundamental rights are not a matter of votes, but of recognition and respect

Monday, 6 September 2021 human rights   human life   abortion   freedom of conscience   bishops  

Nuevo Casas Grandes (Agenzia Fides) - "Let us remember that human dignity and fundamental rights are not a matter of votes, but of recognition and respect", strongly reaffirms Monsignor Jesús José Herrera Quiñones, Bishop of Nuevo Casas Grandes, at the Head of the Episcopal Commission of Life, in a statement addressed to public opinion, also sent to Fides. Today, Monday, September 6, the Plenary of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation plans to discuss three issues related to the recognition of the human right to life in the Sinaloa constitution, the penalty for the crime of abortion in the state of Coahuila and the right to conscientious objection in the General Health Law.
"We are in a time of change and we are experiencing a crisis in many situations of human life - emphasizes Monsignor Herrera Quiñones -. We see a loss in the sense of God which ends in a loss of the sense of man himself; individualism that leads us not to fix our gaze on the other, especially on those who suffer or are more vulnerable, even discarding them; moral and ethical relativism thatopens the doors to serious attacks against human life and dignity". Therefore, in the name of the dimension of life of the Mexican Episcopal Conference, and in communion with all the Bishops of Mexico, Monsignor Herrera Quiñones "with humility and clarity in this time of difficulty, anxiety, ambiguity and national uncertainty in relation to the culture of life", reminds that "the human being, the son of a father and a mother, whose life begins at the moment of conception, must be recognized in their dignity at all stages of their life, and deserves the same protection of the law against actions that could threaten their integrity". He also highlights that "conscience is the intimate tabernacle of the human being (cf. GS, 16) and someone cannot be forced to act against the dictates of his conscience". Faced with the ever more pressing attack of the culture of death, and a series of challenges that the people must face, the Pastors are called to illuminate these situations and thus give "reason for our hope" (1 Peter 3:15). With the hope that the resolution of the Ministers of the Supreme Court will be that of justice, "which gives each his own, and in this case guarantees equivalent protection to the mother and the unborn child", Monsignor Herrera Quiñones reiterates the confidence of the Bishops that the fundamental right to conscientious objection of health personnel is recognized in order "not to be forced to participate in an act that violates their very personal convictions or their faith". (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 6/9/2021)