As lawmakers in the United States look to introduce anti-abortion legislation modeled after Alabama and Georgia, the conversation continues as to whether or not this is a fight against women or if it is a fight to preserve life inside the womb.
Weighing in on the issue, Pope Francis delivered remarks on Saturday during a pro-life conference sponsored by the Vatican.
In his comments, the Pope likened abortion to hiring a hitman, and he explained that the procedure can never be condoned even if the condition of the child has him/her likely to die or if the child is gravely sick.
Speaking to attendees, the Pope questioned if it is “legitimate to take out a human life to solve a problem?” or if it is “permissible to contract a hitman to solve a problem?”
He further expressed that “human life is sacred and inviolable and the use of prenatal diagnosis for selective purposes should be discouraged with strength.”
The Pope asserted that abortion is not an issue of religion and that instead it is a human issue.
Heading into the 2020 Presidential election, many Democratic candidates like Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Bernie Sanders have asserted that, should they be elected, one of their priorities is to ensure that Roe vs. Wade is not overturned.
However, pro-life Democrats are also taking a stand against the Democratic candidates, and some have even introduced anti-abortion laws as well.
In Lousiana, a “heartbeat” bill banning abortion is progressing through the legislature. It is sponsored by State Senator John Milkovich (D) and Lousiana Governor John Bel Edwards (D) has announced that he will sign it when it gets to his desk.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a 2020 Presidential candidate, blasted pro-life Democrats, commenting that “there’s certain room for any voter to have any personal view that they want. But what I don’t support is Democratic candidates who don’t value women, who don’t believe that women are entitled to basic reproductive freedom, civil rights and human rights.”