Vatican City, Feb 18, 2016 / 10:04 am
On his return flight from Mexico, Pope Francis strongly rejected abortion as a response to the fears surrounding the Zika virus outbreak.
"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 Feb. 18.
A journalist had asked the Pope about authorities' proposals to respond to the Zika virus infection through abortion or "avoiding pregnancy."
"Don't confuse the evil of avoiding pregnancy by itself, with abortion. 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. Or to live comfortably, no?"