Pope Francis: No Such Thing as ‘Therapeutic’ Abortion

AFP | Pope Francis this year opposed a bill that would have legalized abortion in Argentina

AFP | Pope Francis this year opposed a bill that would have legalized abortion in Argentina

Pope Francis dropped a bombshell on October 10 by comparing a woman's decision to have an abortion as being akin to hiring a "hit man" to have an undesirable person murdered, Reuters reports.

"Interrupting a pregnancy is like eliminating someone", the Pope said in a weekly address to believers in Vatican's Saint Peter's Square on Wednesday.

It was not fair to "take out a human life to solve a problem", he said.

Pope Francis said that in his fidelity to his culture and Christian faith, John Paul II sought to "ensure that the Church stood up as the guardian of the inalienable rights of man, of the family and of peoples, in order to be a sign of peace, justice and integral development for the whole human family".

The Pope was reflecting on the Fifth Commandment, "Thou shalt not kill", and condemned the taking of a life for the sake of protecting other rights.

"How can an act that suppresses the innocent and defenseless budding life be therapeutic, civilized or simply humane?" he asked the more than 26,000 people present. Pope Francis asks an attentive crowd.

"Is it right to hire a hit man to solve a problem?"

In June, he compared abortion to the Nazis' eugenics programme, the only difference being that it was performed with "white gloves".

In August, he intervened in his home country of Argentina to advocate against a bill, which would legalize abortion in first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

However, the Pope has acknowledged that women sometimes are driven by circumstance to abortion and he has extended the ability of ordinary priests to absolve them of the sin of abortion if they repent. It has welcomed conservative Catholics who criticize Francis because he paid insufficient attention to this problem.

Pope Francis thinks no reason can justify the elimination of an existing life because of cultural reasons.

"It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time", he said, adding the Church's stand on them was clear but it also had to address social issues such as poverty, injustice and immigration.