June 16, 2018: Abortion of disabled is like ‘what the Nazis did’
The pope has said that abortion of children who are sick or disabled is like Nazi eugentics “but with white gloves.”
“I have heard that it is in fashion, or at least customary, in the first months of pregnancy to have certain exams, to see whether the baby is not well, or has some problems. The first proposal in that case is: ‘Shall we do away with it?’ The murder of children,” Pope Francis said in a speech a family association.
“In the last century the entire world was scandalized over what the Nazis were doing to maintain the purity of the race. Today we do the same thing, but with white gloves,” Pope Francis said.
Feb. 18, 2016: Abortion is ‘against the Hippocratic oath’
When asked about abortion for pregnant women amid the Zika virus scare, Pope Francis responded that abortion is “an absolute evil” and against doctors’ Hippocratic oath.
“Abortion is not the lesser of two evils. It is a crime. It is to throw someone out in order to save another. That's what the Mafia does. It is a crime, an absolute evil,” the pope said in his in-flight press conference returning from Mexico.
“Abortion is not a theological problem. It is a human problem. It is a medical problem. You kill one person to save another, in the best case scenario. … It's against the Hippocratic oaths doctors must take. It is an evil in and of itself,” he said.
June 18, 2015: Care for creation is ‘incompatible with the justification of abortion’
In Pope Francis’ landmark environmental encyclical, Laudato si’, the pope emphasized that respect for creation and human dignity go hand in hand.
“Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion,” the pope wrote.
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“How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties?”
Aug. 16, 2014: The pope prays at South Korea cemetery for abortion victims
Pope Francis prayed at a cemetery for aborted babies during his papal trip to South Korea in August 2014. Stopping to pray in silence before the horde of journalists that document the pope’s every move during a papal trip, Pope Francis used this silent gesture to communicate the Gospel of life.
The pope also visited a cemetery for unborn children on the outskirts of Rome to pray on All Souls’ Day in 2018.
Sept. 20, 2013: Every unborn child unjustly aborted has the face of Jesus
In a speech to a group of gynecologists and obstetricians, the pope said that doctors “are called to care for human life in its initial stage” and asked them to remind people that “in all its phases and at any age, human life is always sacred.”