Pope Francis Compares Getting Abortion to “Hiring a Hitman”

International   |   Steven Ertelt, Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 27, 2020   |   4:10PM   |   Buenos Aires, Argentina

Pope Francis recently compared someone getting an abortion to hiring a hitman as he is urging Argentina to reject legislation from its president to legalize abortion.

Earlier this week, Pope Francis, answering the pleas of Argentine women who are fighting for the rights of unborn babies, wrote a public letter to his home country this week urging its leaders not to legalize abortions.

According to the National Catholic Register, the grassroots group of pro-life women recently wrote to the pope, urging him to “help us by making our voice heard” in opposition to a new pro-abortion bill. Their letter and the pope’s response both appeared in the newspaper La Nacion on Wednesday.

“Is it fair to eliminate a human life to solve a problem? Is it fair to hire a hitman to solve a problem?” the pope wrote, adding that the pro-life women “know what life is.”

“The country is proud to have women like this”, he writes of pro-life women standing up to the abortion bill, stressing that “the problem of abortion is not primarily a question of religion, but of human ethics, first and foremost of any religious denomination.”

The pro-life women’s group Mujeres de las Villas thanked the Pope, saying their pro-life female voices are rarely presented in the media.

“We are overwhelmed by cold terror, if we think that this bill aims to cultivate the idea that abortion is one more possibility in the range of contraceptive methods and that its main target groups are poor girls”, they write.

“Our voice, like that of unborn children, is never heard”, lament the women.

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“The legislators and the press do not want to listen to us and if…we did not have priests raising their voices for us, we would be even more alone”. “Our teenage daughters”, they point out, “are growing up with the idea that they do not have the right to have children because they are poor”.

On Saturday, November 28th, there will be a huge March for Life in Argentina agaisnt the legislation.

Argentina is facing renewed pressure to abandon its protections for unborn babies and legalize abortion on demand. Earlier this month, President Alberto Fernandez announced plans to introduce a bill to legalize abortions up to 14 weeks of pregnancy, according to the Buenos Aires Times.

Wide-spread public opposition stopped a similar bill from passing in 2018, and pro-life advocates hope to do so again.

Currently, Argentina protects unborn babies from being killed in abortions. Exceptions are allowed in cases of rape or threats to the mother’s life. Most countries in Central and South America protect unborn babies from abortion, but Fernández wants Argentina to change that.

“Legalizing abortion saves women’s lives and preserves their reproductive capabilities, which are often affected by unsafe abortions, but it does not increase the number of abortions or promote them,” he said earlier this month.

None of this is true. Abortions destroy lives, they do not save them, and pro-abortion laws jeopardize the lives of more unborn babies by putting the government’s approval on killing them. Pro-abortion groups often overestimate the number of illegal and unsafe abortions that occur in countries across the world, and some have admitted to lying about the numbers. Growing research also indicates that access to basic health care, not abortion, is what really helps improve women’s lives.

Pro-lifers have been making their voices heard to lawmakers. In 2019, approximately 2 million Argentines participated in the country’s March for Life in Buenos Aires. Thousands more protested in March after Fernandez first announced his plans to legalize abortion on demand.

A similar proposal to legalize the killing of unborn babies in Argentina failed in 2018 because of strong public opposition. But pro-abortion groups, backed by some of the richest men in the world, continue to put intense pressure on Argentina and other countries to legalize abortion on demand.