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Pope Francis says abortion is like hiring 'contract killer'

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Pope Francis says abortion is like hiring 'contract killer'
Pope Francis speaking at the Vatican on Wednesday. Photo: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP

Pope Francis on Wednesday compared having an abortion to hiring a "contract killer".

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"Interrupting a pregnancy is like eliminating someone," Francis said in an address to worshippers in the Vatican.

"Getting rid of a human being is like resorting to a contract killer to solve a problem," he added. "Is it just to resort to a contract killer to solve a problem?"

His comments departed from the prepared text for his homily delivered during his weekly audience on Saint Peter's Square.

In his address, the Argentine pontiff complained of a "depreciation of human life". He cited wars, exploitation and what he called a culture of wastefulness, as well as abortion.

"How can an act that suppresses innocent life be therapeutic, civil or even human?" he asked.

Francis this year opposed a bill that would have legalized abortion in Argentina. In August a lay campaign group said thousands of Argentine Catholics had renounced their membership of the church to protest against his opposition to the bill.

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Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP
 

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