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Abortion is like hiring a hitman to solve a problem, says Pope Francis

Pope Francis has compared abortion to hiring a hitman to “take out a human life to solve a problem”.

The Holy Father made the comments during his weekly audience at the Vatican dedicated to the commandment exhorting the faithful not to kill.

The pope said some people justify abortion as respecting others’ rights. But he asked: “How can an act that suppresses innocent and defenceless life as it blossoms be therapeutic, civil or simply human?”

He asked if it was fair “to take out a human life” to solve a problem: “Is it fair to hire a hitman to solve a problem? It is not fair. We cannot take out a human being, even if it is small.”

It was the second time within recent months that the pope has expressed the Church’s longstanding opposition to abortion in violent, stark terms.

In June, he denounced how some couples resort to pre-natal testing to see if their unborn babies have malformations and then choose to have an abortion, which he said was the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics programme.

Pope Francis has framed both abortion and euthanasia as part of what he calls today’s “throwaway culture” where the sick, the poor, the elderly and the unborn are considered unworthy of protection and dignity by a society that prizes instead individual prowess and success.

The pope’s comments came during a three-week meeting of bishops from around the world on young people, where sexuality, including premarital sex, is among the topics of discussion.

Picture: Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 10th October. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).