WATCH: Pope Francis extends priests’ power to forgive abortion
On Saturday, Pope Francis said there was no moral argument to support abortion, likening it to hiring a “hitman” to solve one’s problems. He said the issue of abortion was not a political or religious issue, but a question of affirming one’s humanity.
Speaking to an anti-abortion conference, the Vatican said the unborn baby is human. And, its life should be protected.
“Is it licit to throw away a life to resolve a problem?” he asked. “Is it licit to hire a hitman to resolve a problem?”
“Taking care of these children helps parents to grieve and not only think of it as a loss, but as a step on a path taken together,” the Pope continued.
Here’s more, from TIME:
Pope Francis said Saturday that abortion can never be condoned, even when the fetus is gravely sick or likely to die, and urged doctors and priests to support families to carry such pregnancies to term.
Francis denounced decisions to abort based on prenatal testing, saying a human being is “never incompatible with life.”
Even those babies destined to die at birth or soon thereafter deserve to receive medical care in the womb, Francis said, adding that their parents need to be supported so they don’t feel isolated and afraid.
Francis has spoken out strongly against abortion but also has expressed sympathy for women who have had them and made it easier for them to be absolved of the sin of abortion.
His comments come as the abortion debate is again making headlines in the U.S. with state initiatives seeking to restrict the procedure.
Some liberals online did not take too kindly to the Pope’s comments.