From Top News Article | Reuters.co.uk:
"A senior Catholic leader has made a rare intervention into the pre-election political fray by backing Conservative leader Michael Howard on the emotive issue of abortion.
Howard told women's magazine Cosmopolitan this week that he supported a reduction in the legal limit for abortion from 24 weeks of pregnancy to 20.
Blair was more circumspect, telling the magazine it was a 'difficult issue,' that he had no plans to change the time limit but that debate would continue.
'The policy supported by Mr Howard is one that we would also commend, on the way to a full abandonment of abortion,' the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, said in a statement on Tuesday."