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Pope Francis calls health workers’ honest objection to abortion non-negotiable

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Know that I am very clear on this: it is murder and it is never lawful to be an accomplice: Pope Francis

Vatican City:

Pope Francis on Thursday described the process as “murder”, saying health workers have a non-negotiable right to exercise conscientious objection by refusing to participate in abortion.

It was at least the third time in a month that the pope has voiced his strong voice against abortion, which has become a major political issue in many countries, including the United States.

Last week a US appeals court temporarily reinstated Texas’ restrictive abortion law, which halts the procedure as early as six weeks into pregnancy and outsources enforcement of the ban to ordinary citizens.

“Today it has become a bit fashionable to think that perhaps it would be good to remove the conscientiously (in the medical field) objection,” he told participants of a conference in Rome of hospital pharmacists.

“This (sincere objection) should never be negotiated, it is the ultimate responsibility of health professionals,” he said, adding that it applies specifically to abortion.

“Know that I’m very clear on this: it’s murder and it’s never a right to be an accomplice,” he said.

Most countries have laws that provide for some form of conscientious objection by health professionals, but abortion rights activists say not all are fulfilling their duty to refer a woman to another doctor.

In some Scandinavian countries, doctors are forbidden to provide any medical care that is legal.

Last month, Francis told reporters on a plane returning from Slovakia that abortion was “murder”, even immediately after conception, but criticizing some American Catholic bishops for the politically pastoral handling of US President Joe Biden. appeared. .

The Roman Catholic Church teaches that life begins from the moment of conception.

In June a divided convention of American Roman Catholic bishops voted to draft a statement on the communion that could warn Catholic politicians, including Biden. They are going to raise the issue again next month.

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