In an address to his weekly audience in Saint Peter’s Square, Pope Francis compared having abortion to “hiring a hitman to solve a problem.”

Pope Francis’ off the cuff comments came last Wednesday during his general weekly audience. He emphasized the Church’s strict pro-life teaching against abortion, comparing having one to hiring a hitman. He questioned the crowd, saying “is it right to ‘take out’ a human life to solve a problem? What do you think? Is it right? Is it right or not?” with many shouting “no” in reply.

“Is it right to hire a hit man to solve a problem? You cannot, it is not right to kill a human being, regardless of how small it is, to solve a problem. [Abortion] is like hiring a hit man to solve a problem.”

Pope Francis also denounced the contradiction of “the suppression of human life in the mother’s womb in the name of safeguarding other rights,” asking “how can an act that suppresses an innocent and helpless life that is germinating be therapeutic, civilized or even simply human?”

This is not the first time Pope Francis has spoken out against abortion, comparing having one to avoid birth defects to Nazi eugenics back in June.

“I say this with pain. In the last century the whole world was scandalized about what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today we do the same, but now with white gloves.”

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