The pope defends conscientious objection to abortions as a “loyal gesture”


Vatican City, Oct 14 (EFE) .- The pope today defended conscientious objection among health workers in abortion cases, as “a loyal gesture” with the profession and even “a denunciation of an injustice”, in his speech to participants in a meeting of the Italian Society of Hospital Pharmacy.

Francisco reiterated again his condemnation of abortion. “They know that I have it very clear: it is a homicide and it is not lawful to be an accomplice,” he said.

He explained that the “service of human life” has to be the main value of health and that “this can lead in some cases to conscientious objection”, which, he stressed “is not disloyalty, but on the contrary, it is loyalty to their profession, if it is validly motivated ”.

“It is also a denunciation of the injustices against an innocent and defenseless life,” he added.

In these cases “the duty is to be close to people, especially women, so that they do not come to think about the solution to abortion, because in reality it is not the solution,” according to the pontiff.

On the other hand, Francisco stressed the importance of a national public health system, “an essential element to guarantee the common good and social growth of a country.”

“Health strategies, oriented towards the search for justice and the common good, must be economically and ethically sustainable,” he added.

And he urged pharmacists to pay attention to “the management of resources and attention not to waste what is entrusted to the hands of each pharmacist” because it is a “not only economic but also ethical” issue.

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