Pope Francis has compared the abortion procedure to hiring a contract killer to commit murder on one’s behalf.

The Argentinian pontiff made the remarks in an address to worshippers in the Vatican on Wednesday, adding that it was wrong to take a human life, no matter how small.

“Getting rid of a human being is like resorting to a contract killer to solve a problem,” the sovereign told the congregation gathered on Saint Peter’s Square, in one of his harshest criticisms of abortion. “Is it just to resort to a contract killer to solve a problem?”

He added: “How can an act that suppresses an innocent and helpless life as it blossoms be therapeutic, civil or, simply, humane?”


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