October 26, 2015

What the Media Ignores: Pope Francis on Abortion

Among the subjects Pope Francis has addressed most frequently during the first 31 months of his pontificate is the sanctity of human life, including the inalienable rights of the unborn. Despite speaking out unequivocally, the fourth estate continues to censure Francis' remarks on abortion. Here, in honor of 'Respect Life Month,' are ten statements by Pope Francis that the media is sure to ignore:
The right to life is the first human right. Abortion is killing someone that cannot defend him or herself.
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Every child who, rather than being born, is condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who even before he was born, and then just after birth, experienced the world’s rejection. And every elderly person…even if he is ill or at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded, as the ‘culture of waste’ suggests!
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Among the vulnerable for whom the church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us. Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this.
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The victims of this [throwaway] culture are precisely the weakest and most fragile human beings — the unborn, the poorest, the sick and elderly, the seriously handicapped, etc. — who are in danger of being ‘thrown away,’ expelled from a system that must be efficient at all costs.
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We are called to reach out to those who find themselves in the existential peripheries of our societies and to show particular solidarity with the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters: the poor, the disabled, the unborn and the sick, migrants and refugees, the elderly and the young who lack employment.
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Caring for life from the beginning to the end. What a simple thing, what a beautiful thing... So, go forth and don’t be discouraged. Care for life. It’s worth it.
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A pregnant woman isn’t carrying a toothbrush in her belly, or a tumor…We are in the presence of a human being.
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It is God who gives life. Let us respect and love human life, especially vulnerable life in a mother's womb.
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[The fight against abortion is] part of the battle in favor of life from the moment of conception until a dignified, natural end. This includes the care of the mother during pregnancy, the existence of laws to protect the mother postpartum, and the need to ensure that children receive enough food, as well as providing healthcare throughout the whole length of life…
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Unfortunately, what is thrown away is not only food and dispensable objects, but often human beings themselves, who are discarded as ‘unnecessary.’ For example, it is frightful even to think there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day; children being used as soldiers, abused and killed in armed conflicts; and children being bought and sold in that terrible form of modern slavery which is human trafficking, which is a crime against humanity.
For more information see our pro-life page.

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