Pope Francis tells audience in Vatican City abortion is a ‘white glove’ version of what the Nazis did

Urges families to accept children “as God gives them to us”

By Dave Andrusko

The timing of Pope Francis’ stirring admonition Saturday against abortion could not have been an accident.

His comments to the Forum of Family Associations in Rome likened the abortion of children prenatally diagnosed with various sicknesses to what the Nazis did to “maintain the purity of the race,” but “with white gloves,” according to the Catholic News Services.

As Elise Harris explained, his words on abortion come just days after the lower house of “his home country of Argentina voted June 14 in favor of a bill that would legalize abortion as early as the first 14 weeks of pregnancy” and “just over a month ahead of his August 25-26 trip to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families.”

Last month Ireland repealed its protective 8th amendment to the constitution, opening the way for Parliament to pass legislation regarding abortion.

The Pope threw away prepared remarks to speak from the heart, the Belfast Telegraph’s Nicole Winfield reported.

Francis lamented how some couples choose not to have any children, while others resort to pre-natal testing to see if their baby has any malformations or genetic problems.

“The first proposal in such a case is, ‘Do we get rid of it?'” Francis said. “The murder of children. To have an easy life, they get rid of an innocent.”

Recalling stories he was told as a child, Pope Francis said he was horrified to hear about children “thrown from the mountain” if they were born with malformations.

“Today we do the same thing,” he said. “Last century, the whole world was scandalised by what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today, we do the same thing but with white gloves,” Francis said.

Pope Francis urged families to accept children “as God gives them to us.”