In a press conference aboard the papal flight to Rome from Mexico, the pontiff was asked if the grave nature of the virus -- which is linked to serious birth defects and is spreading quickly -- might make abortion a "lesser evil" for a mother faced with the choice of having a malformed child.
While the pope firmly rejected the use of abortion, he said that avoiding pregnancy through contraception is not always evil, mentioning that Pope Paul VI had allowed women religious facing horrific situations of violence in Africa to use it.
"Abortion is not a lesser evil," Francis replied to the question. "It is a crime. It gets rid of one to save another. It's what the mafia does. It is a crime. It is an absolute evil."
But the pope continued: "The great Paul VI in a difficult situation in Africa permitted sisters to use contraception for cases of rape."
"Do not confuse the evil of avoiding pregnancy in and of itself with abortion," said Francis. "Abortion is not a theological problem. It is a human problem, a medical problem. You kill one person to save another."
"It is an evil in itself," said the pope. "But is not a religious evil, first of all. It is a human evil. Because it is evidently a human evil, like every killing it is condemned."
"Avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil," said Francis. "In certain cases, like in that which I mentioned of Blessed Paul VI, it was clear."
Thursday, February 4th. Of course heavily weighted towards the pro-death side. Amy Paulin is one of the original co-sponsors of the pro-death assisted suicide/euthanasia bill in Albany.
It says register for the event but we would figure that they wouldn't turn away anyone who showed up without registering.
Assemblywoman Amy Paulin will be holding a Panel Discussion this Thursday evening at 7PM at the Scarsdale Women's Club on aid in dying (Assisted Suicide). She is the sponsor of legislation (A.5261-B / S.5814) which would legalize this. Write up attached! Alan
David Leven - Executive Director, End of Life Choices NY
Howard Grossman, MD - Chair, Physicians for Compassionate Care
Eric Seiff - Patient
Rabbi Emily Korzenik - Spiritual Leader, Fellowship for Jewish Learning
When: Thursday, February 4, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
Where: Scarsdale Woman's Club - 37 Drake Road Scarsdale, NY 10583 -