Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Pope Francis says abortion is the 'white glove' equivalent of Nazi eugenics

Pope Francis says abortion is the 'white glove' equivalent of Nazi eugenics

"In the last century, the entire world was scandalized by what the Nazis did to ensure the purity of the race".

"Today we do the same thing".

His statement may have reassured some Catholics who felt that he had previously inappropriately compared the importance of immigration to bioethical questions like abortion.

Under Nazi programs, hundreds of thousands of people were forcibly sterilized and tens of thousands of others killed in an attempt to "clean" the chain of heredity of those with physical or cognitive disabilities.

The Pope said he was horrified as a child whenever his teacher told stories of children "thrown from the mountain" if they were born with malformations.

The pope added that parents must take children "as God gives them to us".

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"I have heard that it's fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first months of pregnancy they do studies to see if the child is healthy or has something, the first offer is: let's send it away", Pope Francis was reported as saying.

The remarks from Pope Francis come three days after the lower house of parliament in Argentina, his home country, approved a measure that would legalize elective abortion.

"Today, it is hard to say this, we speak of "diversified" families: different types of families. And to have a more tranquil life, an innocent is done away with", he said.

He has frequently criticised how the sick, the poor, the elderly and the unborn are considered unworthy of protection and dignity by a society that prizes instead individual prowess.

He has also decried how women are often considered part of this "throw-away culture", sometimes forced to prostitute themselves.

He is expected to highlight these issues during his August trip to Ireland where he'll close out the Catholic Church's big family rally.

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