The Vatican has intervened in a heated debate in the state of Western Australia over the liberalization of abortion laws and has warned that any society that kills its children has no real future.

The Parliament of Western Australia (WA), Australia's biggest state, is considering two bills to reform the law, which currently allows abortion only if a woman's life is at risk.However the law is not upheld, and thousands of abortions are performed each year in WA and other Australian states. The push to reform the century-old WA law came after police charged two doctors last month with procuring abortions - the first such charges in 30 years.

The Catholic Church has taken a leading role in the debate, with the state's five Anglican bishops saying they recognized that abortion was sometimes necessary but opposed the option of decriminalization.