Pro-life voters must not vote for pro-abortion candidates, say Catholic bishops

The Catholic Church has warned Northern Irish supporters against supporting candidates in favor of abortion.

The message from the Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland comes amid increasing pressure from activists to decriminalize abortion in the country. However, pro-life lawmakers remain dominant and have been consistently resisting efforts to legalize abortion, Life News reports.

(Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)A visitor reaches for a pro-life bumper sticker the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, March 14, 2013.

On Tuesday, the Catholic bishops maintained their stance on abortion. They also said they expect more efforts to push for reforms with regard to the country's abortion law, The Belfast Telegraph details.

"The moral issue here is not whether what is proposed is abortion 'on demand' or some form of so-called 'limited' abortion ... From a moral point of view, there is no such things as 'limited' abortion," the bishops told voters on Tuesday.

"The medical prognosis for the life of a child in the womb, or the extent of that child's disabilities, is no more morally relevant than it is when considering an adult who faces the diagnosis of a life-limiting condition," the bishops added.

The Catholic Church in America echo the same thought expressed by the Irish bishops. Last week, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Rhode Island, urged Catholic voters not to vote for Hillary Clinton and other political candidates who support abortion.

In a Facebook post on April 21, Bishop Tobin encouraged Catholics to vote for pro-life candidates. He also warned them against candidates who declare that they are not pro-abortion but claim that they are pro-choice.

The bishop says it is just a "smoke screen" for the candidate's true beliefs which they are afraid to say in public. He said those who are pro-choice actually encourage people to end the life of an innocent person, and this decision is spiritually harmful to the mother.

Clinton has boldly expressed her position on abortion. She promised more funding for abortion company Planned Parenthood if she is elected as the next U.S. president.