Procuring an abortion is wrong, inhumane and like hiring a hit man “to fix a problem,” Pope Francis said.
It is a contradiction to allow for killing a human life in a mother’s womb “in the name of protecting other rights,” he said during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square Oct. 10.
“How can an act that suppresses the innocent and defenseless budding life be therapeutic, civilized or simply humane?” he asked the more than 26,000 people present.
“Is it right to snuff out a human life to solve a problem?” he asked, until the crowd shouted loudly, “No.”“Is it right to hire a hit man to solve a problem? No, you can’t. It’s not right to take out a human being, a small one, too, in order to fix a problem. It is like hiring a professional killer,” he said.
The pope took a brief break from the Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops on young people to attend the morning general audience and continue his series of talks on the Ten Commandments.
He reflected on the Fifth Commandment, “You shall not kill,” as being like a wall of defense, protecting the most fundamental value in human relationships — the value of life.
“One can say that all the evil done in the world can be boiled down to this: contempt for life,” the pope said.