Pope urges doctors to ‘protect’ women from abortion
Summary of story from Daily Express, 26.2.11.
Pope Benedict XVI has urged doctors to protect women from the “deceptive” thought that an abortion might be a solution to social or economic difficulties or health problems.
Joseph Ratzinger reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s firm opposition to abortion in a speech on Saturday to members of the Pontifical Academy for Life, the Vatican’s bioethics advisory board.
The 83-year-old argued that women are often convinced, sometimes by their own doctors, that abortion is a legitimate choice and in some cases even a therapeutic act to prevent their babies from suffering.
Saying “abortion solves nothing”, he called on doctors not to give up their duty to defend the consciences of women from such “deception”.
While the Catholic Church teaching holds that human life begins at conception, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists claims that ‘having an abortion is safer than having a baby’ (The Telegraph).