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Pope Francis on Rejecting Abortion as a Legitimate Reaction to Zika Virus-linked Birth Defects

February 18, 2016

Abortion isn’t a lesser evil, it’s a crime. Taking one life to save another, that’s what the Mafia does. It’s a crime. It’s an absolute evil. [...Abortion] is an evil in and of itself, but it is not a religious evil at its root, no? It’s a human evil. On the other hand, avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil. In certain cases, as in this one (Zika), such as the one I mentioned of Blessed Paul VI [who approved nuns in the Belgian Congo using artificial contraception when they faced systematic rape as a weapon of war], it was clear.

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