‘Church’s opposition to abortion not subject to modernisation,’ says Pope in new document

Defending human dignity and protecting society’s most vulnerable necessarily means protecting the unborn and defending their right to life, Pope Francis said in his apostolic exhortation.

Writing in Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), Pope Francis said the Church’s opposition to abortion is not a “conservative” political position, but is a key part of its claim that God created and loves each person and that believers have an absolute obligation to defend those whose basic right to life is under attack.

“Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question,” Pope Francis wrote in the document, which was released today at the Vatican.