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.