Pope Francis compares abortion to hiring a hit man

Pope Francis says abortion is like hiring a'contract killer

Pope Francis says abortion is like hiring a'contract killer

In one of his harshest criticisms of abortion, Pope Francis has compared the procedure to "hiring a hitman to resolve a problem". "You can not, it is not right to kill a human being, regardless of how small it is, to solve a problem", he said.

He asked if it was right "to do away with a human life to solve a problem", adding: "Is it right to hire a hitman to solve a problem?"

Pacific also noted that "the suppression of human life in the womb for the protection of other rights" contrary to morality.

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

Pope Francis arrives to lead the Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican. "Is it right? Is it right or not?" he said in unprepared remarks.

Many in the crowd shouted "No".

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"Is this right? Is "hiring" a killer the right thing to do to solve a problem?" He denounced abortion at the time, and likened it to the "white glove" equivalent to Nazi-era eugenics practices. "Life is assaulted by wars, by organizations that exploit man, by speculations about creation and the throwaway culture, and by all systems that subject human existence to utilitarian calculations, while an shameful number of people live in a state unworthy of man".

The Catholic Church has been historically opposed to both contraception and abortion, saying they go against a Biblical instruction to humanity to procreate and, in the case of abortion, the commandment not to kill.

Francis' comments came during a three-week meeting of bishops from around the world on young people, where sexuality, including premarital sex, is among the topics of discussion.

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.

Pope Francis lamented that parents receiving a hard prenatal diagnosis often "receive hasty advice to stop the pregnancy".

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