Cardinal O'Brien calls for a review of the existing law and in a direct plea to Gordon Brown whose action on poverty and debt relief in Africa he commends, he states; "our compassion towards the newborn and starving child in Darfur or Eritrea is surely hypocritical and hollow if we wantonly ignore the needs of their unborn counterparts in Dunfermline or Edinburgh who through abortion face the end of their short lives just as certainly as if they were born into poverty and malnutrition on the other side of the globe"
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