The Vatican co-hosted an event featuring a Planned Parenthood abortion activist last week, raising more questions about some Catholic Church leaders’ dedication to right to life issues.
Held last week in the Vatican, the conference was organized by the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life, the World Medical Association and the German Medical Association.
Canada Free Press reports several of the speakers promoted ideas that are contrary to church teachings on abortion and euthanasia. Among them was Dr. Yvonne Gilli, who sits on the board of the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s “Sexual Health Switzerland.”
Here’s more from the report:
Included in the lineup of speakers was René Héman, a euthanasia advocate who leads the pro-euthanasia Royal Dutch Medical Association, and Ralf Jox, a professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich who has publicly proposed the legalization of “responsible assisted suicide” as a way to “protect life.”
Also featured was Dr. Yvonne Gilli, a gynecologist and Green Party politician who leads the governing board of the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s “Sexual Health Switzerland,” which counsels women on how to obtain abortions. Dr Gilli contributed to two panel discussions at the conference, one on “Setting the stage: Three perspectives on end-of-life questions,” and another on the topic, “Is there a need to change policy?”
The purpose of the conference was to “explore ethical dilemmas relating to end-of-life issues” such as euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, according to the event website.
The Catholic Church has been one of the leading advocates for the rights of unborn babies in the world. It teaches that all human lives are valuable, from conception to natural death, and deserving of protection.
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But events like these are causing some Catholics to question certain church leaders’ dedication to the sanctity of life.
In August, a Catholic archdiocese in California allowed a pro-abortion U.S. congresswoman to speak at its Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Plaza, despite pro-life advocates’ urgings.
Earlier in the summer, the Los Angeles archdiocese also rented one of its buildings to a conference featuring two Planned Parenthood abortion business leaders. The archdiocese quickly responded to the outcry by having the pro-abortion event organizers move it off church property.
Throughout the United States, Catholic colleges and universities also have come under fire for allowing abortion activists and pro-abortion groups to promote their life-destroying agenda on campus.