Pope Francis has compared having an abortion to hiring a “contract killer”. He said this while addressing worshippers on Wednesday.
“Interrupting a pregnancy is like eliminating someone,” “Getting rid of a human being is like resorting to a contract killer to solve a problem.” he said:
“Is it just to resort to a contract killer to solve a problem?” he asked, to which the crowd shouted: “no”.
Francis’ comments departed from the prepared text for his homily delivered during his weekly audience on Saint Peter’s Square.
“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.
The leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics also said parents should not reject deformed 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.