Richard Dawkins, one of the most outspoken atheists in the world, took issue with Pope Francis’ remarks over the weekend, likening abortion due to potential birth defects to Nazi-like eugenics, part of what he calls “throw-away culture.”
Dawkins defended the families who chose to have abortions because the fetus had birth defects, describing it as an “avoidance of individual human suffering” in a Tweet on Monday.
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Abortion to avoid birth defects is not about eugenics. It’s about the avoidance of individual human suffering.
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) June 18, 2018
Over the weekend, Francis reiterated the Catholic Church’s strong stance on abortion, describing the act as the “white glove” equivalent to crimes Nazis committed during the Third Reich’s eugenics program.
“Last century, the whole world was scandalized by what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today, we do the same thing but with white gloves,” the pope said while speaking at a meeting of an Italian family association on Saturday.
The pope lamented about couples who choose not to have children and others who undergo prenatal testing to see if the baby has any genetic problems, as this has led many parents to consider abortion.
“The murder of children. To have an easy life, they get rid of an innocent.”
Francis urged attendees to accept children “as God gives them to us.”
(H/T: Independent Journal Review)