VATICAN CITY, February 27, 2002 ( – In a February 25 address to the Pontifical Academy for Life, Archbishop Julian Herranz, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, said the “majority rules” argument used to justify abortion is not worthy of a democracy that claims to uphold basic human rights.

In his address he said that the primary right to life cannot “be understood either as a concession by the authorities, nor can it be dispensed by them, because its foundation lies in the very nature and dignity of the human being.” He noted that for 3,000 years democracies have pursued the dual obligation of ensuring citizens’ participation in government and protecting basic rights. See the Vatican Information Service coverage: