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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 27, 2000 – The Independent)---Health minister Ludger Mond has told parliament that abortion is an illegal activity in the country and medical practitioners found to be aiding or actively involved in committing the act would lose their license.

Mr. Mond said he was concerned about stories that these acts were committed and he wanted concrete evidence to be brought to him so that those involved would be brought to justice.

"I am very interested in the stories that I have been hearing and I want to make this clear that abortion is illegal.

"Abortion is killing of innocent human lives and it is not allowed in PNG," said Mr. Mond.

He said that a number of allegations have been brought to his attention. However, these have mainly been allegations without any substantial basis on who the culprits are.

Mr. Mond said most of these come from third parties who fail to name the doctors who are involved with the practice.

"Doctors and practitioners found to be engaged in this activity will lose their license," said Mr. Mond.

He was responding to questions raised by the Member of Parliament for Samarai-Murua, Titus Philemon, who wanted to know if the minister was aware of the activity and what his office was doing about it.

Mr. Philemon said a lot of prominent people were involved in the practice by selected doctors. Innocent human lives were being terminated under this practice," he said.

For additional reports from The Independent, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The Independent (Papua New Guinea).

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