By Azania Post Reporter
THE head of Catholic church , Pope Francis has condemned the practice of abortions over birth defects, equating it to Nazi attempts to create a pure race, DW reports
Abortion is the "white glove" equivalent to the Nazi-era eugenics programs, Pope Francis said yesterday while speaking to the Forum delle Famiglie, an Italian lay movement representing Catholic families.
"In the last century, the entire world was scandalized by what the Nazis did to ensure the purity of the race. Today we do the same, but with white gloves," he said in off-the-cuff remarks after ditching his prepared script.
Under Nazi programs, hundreds of thousands of people were forcibly sterilized and tens of thousands of others killed in an attempt to "clean" the chain of heredity of those with physical or cognitive disabilities.
Pope Francis also recalled stories he heard as a child from his teacher about children "thrown from the mountain" if they were born with malformations. He lamented how some families choose not to have children, while others conduct prenatal tests to see if their babies have malformations or genetic problems.
"The first proposal in such a case is: 'Do we get rid of it?' The murder of children. To have an easy life, they get rid of an innocent," the pope said.
"Children should be accepted as they come, as God sends them, as God allows, even if at times they are sick."
Francis has dedicated much of his pontificate to preaching about families and marriage and the problems people encounter in today's society. He is expected to address these issues during a trip to Ireland in August.