Pope Francis Urges Catholic to Drop Investments in Companies That Support Abortion

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jun 19, 2020   |   5:19PM   |   Washington, DC

The Vatican encouraged Catholics this week to help make the world a better place by refusing to invest in companies that support the killing of unborn babies in abortions.

The Hill reports the Vatican released the 225-page encyclical “Journeying Towards Care For Our Common Home” on Thursday with practical advice for Catholics across the world. Its release honors the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si” (Praised Be).

Mainstream news reports primarily focused on environmental advice in the document, but the Vatican urged Catholics to make protections for unborn babies a priority, too.

According to Reuters, in the financial section of the document, Catholics are encouraged to “shun companies that are harmful to human or social ecology, such as abortion and armaments, and to the environment, such as fossil fuels.”

It urges Catholics to help create “positive changes … by excluding from their investments companies that do not satisfy certain parameters,” such as support for basic human rights, environmental protections and bans on child labor, the report states.

The Vatican sent the document to every bishop in the Catholic Church.

Abortion is a billion-dollar industry that destroys tens of millions of unborn babies’ lives all across the world each year. Pro-life advocates, no matter what their faith, can make a huge difference by refusing to support companies that support abortions.

For example, Planned Parenthood is a billion-dollar “nonprofit” that does more than one third of all abortions in the U.S. Last year, it aborted more than 345,000 unborn babies, while reporting $1.6 billion in revenue, declining health services and shrinking patient numbers. About 25% of its income came from donations.

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To learn who is donating to pro-abortion groups, pro-lifers can check out the watchdog organization 2nd Vote, which tracks companies that support Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups. American Express, AT&T, Avon, Bank of America, Bath and Body Works, Johnson & Johnson, Starbucks and Ben & Jerry’s are among them.

Pope Francis consistently has condemned abortion and urged Christians to protect every human life. In 2018, he caused outrage among abortion activists after comparing abortion to “hiring a hitman” to kill unborn babies. He frequently describes aborted babies as victims of a “throwaway culture” and encourages society to recognize their value.