Abortion is like hiring ‘contract killer’, says Pope

Abortion is like hiring ‘contract killer’, says Pope

Pope Francis, 81, has compared having an abortion to hiring a 'contract killer to eliminate someone'.

His comments departed from the prepared text for his homily delivered during his weekly audience on Saint Peter's Square.

"That's not right, it is wrong to kill a human, regardless of its size, to solve the problem. We can not take out a human being, even if it is small".

Pope Francis used the address to denounce "the suppression of human life in the mother's womb in the name of safeguarding other rights", Reuters reports.

He asked: "How can an act that suppresses innocent life be therapeutic, civil or even human?"

In August, there were calls for Pope Francis to resign after refusing to comment on claims by the Vatican's retired ambassador to the United States that he knew in 2013 about sexual misconduct allegations against a former archbishop.

"Is this right? Is "hiring" a killer the right thing to do to solve a problem? Instead, they often receive hasty advice to terminate the pregnancy", he said, according to Euronews. "The parents, in these dramatic cases, need true closeness, true solidarity, to face the reality and overcome their understandable fears".

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While a sick child or an elderly person who needs assistance can be viewed as a burden, this can actually be "a gift from God", explained the Pope.

He asked whether the "materialistic, throwaway culture" has made people "increasingly indifferent to the poor and to the most defenceless members of our human family, including the unborn, deprived of the very right to life".

"What leads man to reject life?"

"The only authentic measure of life" is love, he said; God loves every single human life.

Francis complained to worshippers about the devaluing of life.

"Vulnerable lives show us the exit, the road to save us" from a selfish existence and to discover "the joy of love", he said, adding a word of thanks to Italian volunteers, saying they had the strongest dedication he has ever seen.

"It is worthwhile to welcome every life because every man is worth the blood of Christ himself", he said.

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