The Holy Father has compared having an abortion to hiring a “contract killer”.
“Interrupting a pregnancy is like eliminating someone,” Francis said in his address to worshippers on Wednesday. “Getting rid of a human being is like resorting to a contract killer to solve a problem.”
“Is it just to resort to a contract killer to solve a problem?” he asked, to which the crowd shouted: “no”.
Pope Francis words came from the prepared text for his homily delivered during his weekly audience on Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican.
“How can an act which terminates a budding life, innocent and defenceless, be therapeutic, civilized, or simply human?”
Francis said in his weekly public audience.
He also advised parents not to reject sick children.
“When during pregnancy parents discover that their child is affected by a disease, they need real closeness, real solidarity, to face reality overcoming understandable fears. Instead, they often receive hasty advice to terminate the pregnancy,” he said.
In his address, the Argentine pontiff complained of a “depreciation of human life” as he cited wars, exploitation and “a culture of wastefulness” as problems, other than abortion.