Pope: ‘Abortion resolves nothing, rather it kills

The pope made the remarks in an address to the Pontifical Academy for Life

BY John-Henry Westen

VATICAN, February 28, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Pope Benedict XVI
addressed the Pontifical Academy for Life Saturday saying, “doctors are
called to show particular fortitude in continuing to affirm that abortion
resolves nothing; rather it kills the child, destroys the woman and blinds
the conscience of the child’s father, often devastating family life.”

His comments were made in reference to the question of post-abortion
syndrome ( PAS) which was being examined by the assembly. “The issue of
post-abortion syndrome – namely the severe psychological problems commonly
experienced by women who have had an abortion voluntary – reveals the
irrepressible voice of moral conscience and the terrible wound it suffers
each time a human action betrays the human being’s innate vocation to
good,” he said.

The moral conscience, said the pope, is universal, not something that comes
from external pressure or emotions, nor something unique to Christians and
believers.  “Through moral conscience God speaks to each of us, inviting
us to defend human life at all times, and in this personal bond with the
Creator lies the profound dignity of moral conscience and the reason for its
inviolability,” he said.

 Benedict XVI also spoke of the ramifications of abortion on the consciences
of men. “In your reflections it would also be helpful to focus attention
on the sometimes-clouded conscience of the children’s fathers, who often
abandon pregnant women,” he explained.  He also noted that care must be
given to those experiencing trauma after abortion, reminding those suffering
that even when they have rejected the truth, God offers forgiveness and

Turning his attention to the medical profession the pope stressed that
“doctors, in particular, must not fail in their serious duty to ensure
that women’s consciences are not tricked into believing that abortion will
resolve family, economic and social difficulties, or the health problems of
their child.”  He added: “In this latter situation in particular, women
are often convinced, at times by the doctors themselves, that abortion
represents not only a morally acceptable choice but even a ‘therapeutic’
act necessary to avoid suffering for the child and its family, and to remove
an ‘unjust’ burden from society.”

The pope concluded the point, saying, “It is necessary that society as a
whole must defend the conceived child’s right to life and the true good of
the woman who can never, in any circumstances, find fulfilment in the
decision to abort.”

The complete address in Italian is available online.


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