Pope John Paul the Second issued a strong appeal on Sunday (14 September) for the rejection of artificial birth control and abortion.
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Background: Pope John Paul the Second issued a strong appeal on Sunday (14 September) for the rejection of artificial birth control and abortion. Addressing an open air mass in Siena, he described the right to life from the first moment of conception as the fundamental right of the human being.
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of people turned out for the mass in the medieval main square of Siena to hear the Pope launch into a strong denunciation of abortion. He said no one could talk about defending human rights if they did not also defend the rights of the unborn.
The Pope's reaffirmation of his views came just twelve days before a world synod of Catholic bishops gathers in the Vatican to discuss the role of the Catholic family. Many bishops from Third World countries are known to be concerned about high population growth rates in their poverty-stricken countries and to have been pressing for a change in the church's attitude to birth control. But the Pope stressed that life is scared and so is the maternity of every mother. He want on to say that the defence of life in the mother's womb was a problem of faith and conscience for all mankind.