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A new Vatican document on the family blasted abortion yesterday as a primordial evil that had reached "new depths of depravity" in the United States. The document by the Pontifical Council for the Family said euthanasia was second only to abortion in contempt for life and condemned efforts to legalise it in North America.

"Abortion is a primordial evil and one of the fundamental problems of our age," said the document, a report on a meeting the council held in Mexico City last month."In the United States, legalised abortion reaches new depths of depravity and cruelty with such inhuman practices as 'partial birth abortion'." Vatican City - Reuter