Pope Francis emphasized that rights for unborn babies are based in science, not just religion, this week as he encouraged pro-lifers in Argentina to stand strong against a bill to legalize abortions.
Crux reports the pope’s comments came from a letter that he wrote to Father Pepe Di Paolas, a priest who serves impoverished families in Buenos Aires.
“The issue of abortion is not essentially religious. It is a human problem prior to any religious option,” Pope Francis wrote in the letter. “The abortion issue must be addressed scientifically.”
Di Paola said the pope believes many people mistakenly think abortion is a matter of opinion, a religious issue, and not one based in facts or science.
An example of this science denial, Argentina Health Minister Gines Gonzales Garcia recently claimed “there are not two lives as some [pro-lifers] say,” according to the report.
“There’s clearly a single person and the other is a phenomenon. If it were not like that, we would be facing the greatest universal genocide, [because] more than half the civilized world allows it,” said Gonzales Garcia, who supports the pro-abortion bill.
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But Gonzales Garcia is wrong about the science and right about abortion being mass genocide. As Di Paola and Pope Francis highlighted, an unborn baby is already a unique, living human being from the moment of conception, and scientists now are able to read their complete DNA sequence before birth. Some abortionists even admit that life begins at conception and they are killing human beings.
Di Paola warned that by legalizing abortion and deviating from the truth that “every life has value,” other lives also will be at risk. He said “the elimination of the elderly disguised with the euphemism of a dignified death, ‘consummating the exclusion of the weakest’” through assisted suicide and euthanasia could be next, the report continues.
“Deputies and senators: don’t put yourself in God’s place, let science speak seriously, rule for the poor and not for the enlightened capitalist elites, Di Paola said. “Let us all make a country where life is loved, a country where the Pope can feel comfortable when he decides to come.”
The Catholic bishops in Argentina are encouraging people to pray in unity on Dec. 8 for unborn babies, according to the report.
Last weekend, pro-lifers held huge, peaceful protests across the country to voice their opposition to President Alberto Fernandez’s pro-abortion bill. If it passes, the legislation would legalize the killing of unborn babies for any reason up to 14 weeks of pregnancy. Lawmakers are debating the bill this week.
Currently, Argentina bans abortions except in cases of rape or threats to the mother’s life. Most countries in Central and South America protect unborn babies from abortion.
Pope Francis, previously the archbishop of Buenos Aires, has been writing letters of encouragement to pro-lifers throughout the country. Last week, he wrote an open letter to pro-life women leaders who have been fighting for years to preserve protections for unborn babies in their homeland.
“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.”
Wide-spread public opposition stopped a similar bill from passing in 2018, and pro-life advocates hope to do so again. 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.
However, 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