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 During a homily on Saturday, 1st December, at a Mass for CURA Volunteer Counsellors working in the Archdiocese of Dublin, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin observed:-
“For decades, now, CURA has represented the care and support of the Catholic community for women facing crisis pregnancies, as well as providing counselling to women who have had abortions and counselling for mothers and fathers of new babies.  The work of CURA is a practical and caring witness to the dignity of every human life. As the Irish Bishops have repeated in recent weeks, Catholic teaching clearly affirms that every human life has unique and irreplaceable dignity.  The Catholic Church has never taught that the life of a child in the womb should be preferred to that of a mother. By virtue of their common humanity a mother and her unborn baby are both sacred with an equal right to life.  In facing situations of conflict, Catholic teaching stresses the equal rights of the mother and the unborn child and the desire to save both lives”. He went on to emphasise that “our doctors and nurses and midwives deserve our respect and gratitude” and that Cura had provided  “constant, caring and confidential support for women in difficult pregnancy situations.”