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The Vatican has praised the US Supreme Court for defending life and overturning the country’s nearly 50-year-old stance on abortion.
In a pair of statements, the Vatican also encouraged activists to understand that being “pro-life” means supporting other issues, including all those that threaten life, such as guns, poverty and rising maternal mortality rates, Reuters reported.
“Being for life, always, for example, means worrying if the mortality rate of women due to maternity increases,” said Andrea Tornielli, editorial director of the Vatican.
Being pro-life requires a more holistic approach than simply being anti-abortion, he continued.
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“To be for life, always is to ask how to help women welcome new life,” he wrote in an op-ed on Saturday.
The editorial director also said those who identify as pro-lifers should challenge their own views on gun ownership and gun safety.
“To be for life, always, is also to defend it against the threat of firearms, which have sadly become one of the leading causes of death of children and adolescents in the United States,” he said. -he adds.
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Tornielli’s statement was preceded by a statement from the Vatican’s Academy for Life, released the day before.
“The fact that a great country with a long democratic tradition has changed its position on this issue also challenges the whole world,” said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, who heads the Pontifical Academy for Life, Reuters reported.
Paglia described the Supreme Court’s decision as a “strong invitation to reflect” on the value of life in a society that is “losing the passion for life”.
“By choosing life, our responsibility for the future of humanity is at stake,” Paglia added.
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Pope Francis has previously likened the act of abortion to “hiring a hitman,” but has pushed the Catholic Church to see pro-life as a bigger issue than just abortion.
President Joe Biden, a devout Catholic, called Friday as the Supreme Court announced it was overturning Roe v. Wade, a “sad day” for America.