Pope Francis compared having an abortion to hiring a “contract killer. Francis said in an address to worshippers in the Vatican, “Interrupting a pregnancy is like eliminating someone.”
He said “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, “how can an act that suppresses innocent life be therapeutic, civil or even human?” His comments departed from the prepared text for his homily delivered during his weekly audience on Saint Peter’s Square.
Earlier this year Pope Francis opposed a bill that would have legalized abortion in Argentina. In August a lay campaign group said thousands of Argentine Catholics had abandoned their membership of the church to protest against his opposition to the bill.