Pope enters Argentina’s abortion debate

The handwritten letter from Pope Francis  (Crux/Twitter, Victoria Morales Gorleri)

Pope Francis has entered the debate over the decriminalisation of abortion in his Argentinian homeland, sending a handwritten letter asking, “Is it fair to hire a hitman to resolve a problem?” Source: Crux.

The Pope’s handwritten letter is a direct response to a group of mothers from some of the largest slums in his former archdiocese. The women sent Francis a letter last week, asking for him to be their voice in the debate over abortion in Argentina.

Last week, President Alberto Fernandez presented a bill to Argentina’s Congress, calling on it to make abortion “legal, safe and free” across the nation.

If adopted, the legislation would allow girls as young as 13 to get an abortion without their parents’ consent, abortion on demand would be legalised until the 14th week of the pregnancy, and a termination would be allowed at any point of a pregnancy if it was determined the pregnancy would endanger the physical or psychological life of the mother or if it was the result of sexual abuse.

Mr Fernandez said that although he’s Catholic, he sees abortion as a matter of public health, adding that he hoped Pope Francis wouldn’t become angry at him for his push to legalise it.

In his letter, Francis argued that the issue of abortion “is not primarily a religious matter but a matter of human ethics, preceding any religious confession”.

“And it’s good for us to ask two questions,” he wrote. “Is it fair to eliminate a human life to resolve a problem? Is it fair to hire a hitman to resolve a problem?”

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Pope Francis weighs in on Argentina’s abortion debate (By Ines San Martin, Crux

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