The contrast couldn’t be starker as Pope Francis will visit with President Barack Obama this September in a trip to the United States and a visit to the White House. While Pope Francis has been a champion spokesman for unborn children, his and the Catholic Church’s pro-life views are at opposite ends of the spectrum from Obama’s abortion views.
In a statement LifeNews received, the White House said Obama was looking forward to the Pope’s visit. While the statement talks about shared values, it omits any mention of the destruction of millions of unborn children in abortions and the wide gulf that divides the two world leaders.
The President and the First Lady will welcome His Holiness Pope Francis to the White House on Wednesday, September 23. During the visit, the President and the Pope will continue the dialogue, which they began during the President’s visit to the Vatican in March 2014, on their shared values and commitments on a wide range of issues, including caring for the marginalized and the poor; advancing economic opportunity for all; serving as good stewards of the environment; protecting religious minorities and promoting religious freedom around the world; and welcoming and integrating immigrants and refugees into our communities. The President looks forward to continuing this conversation with the Holy Father during his first visit to the United States as Pope.
In January, Obama celebrated the anniversary of legalized abortion and issued a statement celebrating the 42-year-old Roe v. Wade decision that allowed for virtually unlimited abortions. In a written statement that celebrated killing little boys and girls in abortions as giving “our daughters rights and freedoms”
The United States marksed42 years of legalized abortion in all fifty states at any time for any reason throughout pregnancy on January 22nd, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. Since that time, there have been approximately 57,762,169 abortions that have destroyed the lives of unborn children. Hundreds of thousands of pro-life people participated in the March for Life to speak out against abortion.
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On the same day, Pope Francis tweeted his support for the pro-life marchers at the March for Life, saying “Every life is a gift.”
Pope Francis has drawn praise and support from pro-life people around the world as he has consistently spoken out strongly against the abortion culture, saying abortion is part of the same “throwaway” culture that wastes both people and food. That was just the latest example of Pope Francis taking a consistent and frequent public position against abortion.
“We cannot be indifferent to those suffering from hunger, especially children, when we think of how much food is wasted every day in many parts of the world immersed in what I have often termed ‘the throwaway culture,’” Francis said.
That culture, he said, also affects the unborn child.
“For example, it is frightful even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day,” he said.
In remarks that were less diplomatic and more a reflection of his own priorities, Francis called for the elderly to be treated with respect that their wisdom warrants, and for children to be protected from exploitation, slavery and hunger.
Last September, a day after an interview the mainstream media used to claim Pope Francis is backing down on the Catholic Church’s pro-life teachings, the Pope condemned abortion in strong terms, saying unborn babies are “unjustly condemned” when killed in abortions.
In the text of a message the Pope delivered to a group of Catholic last year, as distributed by the Vatican, Pope Francis soundly condemned abortion.
“Every unborn child, though unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of the Lord, who even before his birth, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world,” he said.
Pope Francis condemned the “throwaway culture” abortion promotes, saying, “Our response to this mentality is a ‘yes’ to life, decisive and without hesitation. ‘The first right of the human person is his life. He has other goods and some are precious, but this one is fundamental –- the condition for all the others’”.