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Mexican Religious Leaders Denounce Pro-Abortion Efforts

Mexico's Roman Catholic Church has joined forces with other denominations to protest a move by leftist lawmakers to legalize abortion.

Catholic, Anglican and Greek Orthodox leaders held a press conference Wednesday to oppose proposals recently introduced in both the national legislature and the Mexico City assembly.

Current Mexican legislation outlaws abortion except when the woman has been raped, or the mother's life is in danger.

Advocates of the pro-abortion law say it will allow poor women to undergo abortions under safe conditions.

Mexico has more than 100 million people, with 90 percent of them belonging to the Roman Catholic Church, which is vigorously opposed to abortion.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.