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Pope says abortion evidence of 'throwaway culture'

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VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis has criticized abortion as evidence of a "throwaway culture" that wastes people as well as food.

In Monday's annual speech on world crises, Francis cited abortion and said: "Unfortunately what is thrown away is not only food and dispensable objects but often human beings themselves, who are discarded as unnecessary."

Francis also urged better respect for migrants and denounced the persecution of Christians in Asia, Africa and the Middle East in his address to diplomats accredited to the Holy See.

The pope said Italy should do more for migrants and generously "take in the weakest and most vulnerable." Each year, thousands attempt risky voyages across the Mediterranean in unseaworthy boats heading toward Italy and other European Union nations, and hundreds die en route.

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James R Partlow January 13 2014 at 7:52 AM

Its seems to me with all the birth controll available abortions shouldn't be as prevalent as they are.I guess we have to blame human stupidity.

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magmtnman60 January 13 2014 at 1:01 PM

You do have to be aborted to be "Thrown away The world governments are killing us as fast as the can thank you very much

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lappsus January 13 2014 at 11:03 AM

In India, a girl is worth less than a boy. Many couples decide to abort the girl. But oddly, women's group in India are against abortion of a girl fetus but have no problem with abortion of a boy fetus. So, is a girl worth more to these feminists than a boy?
In the USA et.al, women's group are all in favour of abortion being that it is a personal choice. But they too area against aborting female fetuses in places like India.

S\o, where is the consistency here? The pope is right: life has intrinsical value.

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JAC5598 January 13 2014 at 1:30 PM


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grovewj JAC5598 January 13 2014 at 2:37 PM

What a vile BIGOT.

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Fiery one grovewj January 13 2014 at 3:25 PM

For saying "amen?" Hmm.. what was that I just said about adults name calling? Besides, the whole "vow of poverty" is ridicuous - as Jesus was not poor. Thus is not Scriptual anyway. Still, adults shouldn't call names. That has to do with maturity of the person(s) or lack of, clearly.

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bob January 13 2014 at 1:39 PM

Why is it that when someone disagrees with the other half of the people in this country they a considered "a hater"? In a democracy we enjoy the freedom to disagree......

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Fiery one bob January 13 2014 at 3:21 PM

They're called "hater" because someone thought of a word that a 13 year old would use if they didn't like someone. Anyone calling another a "hater" is juvenile. and you will usually be called one when you speak the TRUTH. There is disagreeing and being civil about it. Name calling among adults is ridiculous to begin with, never mind using a word like "hater" that would normally come out of a 12 or 13 year old. Shameful!

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John January 13 2014 at 10:36 AM

Many in our society who denounce cruelty to animals have no problem with abortion.

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thom nickels John January 13 2014 at 11:49 AM

Cruelty to animals drives them over the edge. They fume, panic, rant, have nervous breakdowns, cry, break glass, scream, etc., but when it comes to human beings they have a totally different attitude.

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Fiery one John January 13 2014 at 3:43 PM

Amazing, isn't it John? Save the whales, but it is fine to murder a human being with his own soul and his own DNA - obviously NOT part of it's "mother." It's an individual child they are repeatedly murdering. That carries responsibility though..can't have that, Sosacesar4 is also correct!!

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Colin January 13 2014 at 10:19 AM

I agree with Pope Francis. I favor giving the child up to be adopted. Why kill an innocent babies when thousands are waiting to adopt babies? Remember one thing and that is many of us here writing a comment would not be here if our mothers decided to abort us.

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jrmrz1105 January 13 2014 at 10:06 AM

There are many ways to survive and live on with our principles intact if as a society we must criticize then we must be willing to accept criticism. The church kills when it takes in a tithing and uses that money for "administrative" uses all churches do it, all religions use it. Our conscience tells us right from wrong and we as people ignore it in order to serve our purpose of accumulation of wealth. That is where we are all wrong, we do not help each other and instead just like i'm doing now we only criticize and ignore the solution...to help one another.

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TLAinTenn January 13 2014 at 10:05 AM

Birth control is readily available in the United States for women across the cultural and financial strata yet this country is a leader in abortions. The breakdown of morals in this country, the lack of respect women have for themselves, the selfishness and not accepting responsibility for one's actions all contribute. We are on the slippery slope which destroyed other great civilizations. Cudos to those young women who choose the life of their child when forced to make the decision.

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ablplbg TLAinTenn January 13 2014 at 2:44 PM

Wrong!!!! Birth congyrol of any kind is a sin in the RCC!!!!!
So what is next? Going back to the way it was 45 years ago when birth control was outlawed and young girls were bleeding to death on the way home after a cost hanger abortion? You people don't understand. Women and young girls will continue to get pregnant outside of marriage. Their parents will continue to throw them out of their house or send them to a relative to live until after they give birth. They will again turn to taking their own lives. Abortion clinics will not exist but $400 abortion butchers will make a come back and kill more young women.
Why don't we all go back to the Midevel period and start to burn witches?

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Fiery one ablplbg January 13 2014 at 3:48 PM

This "abortion butchers" i sjust an excuse. There are too few to even begin bothering with. Making excuse for the brutal killing of babies to be okay. It'll never be okay in the eyes of God. I can make up excuses too, however, Thou Shalt NOT Kill -- including the unborn. NO excuses accepted by God nor those of us who love God and what's RIGHT. Murdering an infant is NOT right, No taking of their own lives if they do as they are supposed to and NOT HAVE SEX being unmarried. Simple as that.

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Leslie TLAinTenn January 13 2014 at 3:10 PM

I agree almost completely with your comment however you left out the lack of respect that men have for women and themselves.

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mnkydk January 13 2014 at 4:19 PM

He makes a good point, however, statistics just came out that more people are actually against abortion now than they were in the past. While only by 5%, it's still progress.

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