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Pope Francis' reflections:
'Abortion, euthanasia, IVF sins 'against God'

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placeholder November 24, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 20   •   Oakland, CA
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Pope Francis' reflections
'Abortion, euthanasia, IVF sins 'against God'

Pope Francis denounced a "false compassion" that would justify abortion, euthanasia, artificial reproduction technologies and medical research violating human dignity. And he urged medical doctors to "go against the current" and assert "conscientious objection" to such practices. "The dominant thinking sometimes suggests a false compassion, that which believes it is helpful to women to promote abortion; an act of dignity to provide euthanasia; a scientific breakthrough to produce a child and consider it to be a right, rather than a gift to welcome; or to use human lives as guinea pigs, presumably to save others."

Pope Francis, speaking Nov. 15 in a meeting with members of the Association of Italian Catholic Medical Doctors

Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters, cns

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