VATICAN CITY, October 14 (Hfrance.fr) - Health workers have the non-negotiable right to exercise conscientious objection by refusing to participate in an abortion, Pope Francis said Thursday, calling the procedure "murder ".
It was at least the third time in a month that the Pope spoke out strongly against abortion, which has become a major political issue in a number of countries, including the United States.
Last week, a U.S. appeals court temporarily reinstated restrictive law on Texas on abortion, which bans the procedure as early as six weeks pregnant and contracts enforcement of the ban to ordinary citizens. learn more
"Today it 's become a bit fashionable to think that it might be good to remove the objection fromconscience (in the medical field), "he told participants of a conference in Rome of hospital pharmacists.
" This (conscientious objection) should never be negotiated, it is the ultimate responsibility of healthcare professionals, "he said, adding that it was particularly applicable to abortion.
"Know that on this I am very clear: it is murder and it is never lawful to be an accomplice, " he said.
Most countries have laws that provide for some form of conscientious objection by healthcare professionals, but abortion rights activists say not everyone fulfills their duty to refer a woman to another doctor.
In some In countries Scandinavian doctors are prohibited from refusing to provide legal medical care.
Last month Francis told reporters on the plane back from Slovakia that the abortion was "murder " even soon after conception, but is appeared to criticize some American Catholic bishops for treating the pro-choice stance of US President Joe Biden in a political rather than a pastoral way. learn more
The Roman Catholic Church teaches that life begins at the time of conception.
In June, a conference Reporting by Philip Pullella; Edited by Steve Orlofsky
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