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HOLY SEE:

Archbishop Renato R. Martino noted that the Holy See is pleased to find in the chapeau of Chapter II that national implementation of the recommendations in the Programme of Action must respect various religious and ethical values and cultural backgrounds, in conformity with universally recognized human rights. The Holy See had hoped for a more comprehensive treatment of the relationship between population and development in the document. He expressed support for language on strengthening the family, recognizing that women must be full and equal participants in development, reduction of child and maternal mortality, and international and internal migration. However, the Holy See cannot, does not and will not accept abortion as a component of reproductive health care.