Vatican City, Oct 10 : Pope Francis on Wednesday likened abortion to hiring a hit man to solve the problem.
"Interrupting a pregnancy is like eliminating someone," the pontiff said during his weekly St. Peter's Square audience in Vatican City.
"Getting rid of a human being is like resorting to a contract killer to solve a problem ... Is it fair to end a human life to solve a problem? No, it cannot be done," he said.
The Pope was reflecting on the Fifth Commandment, "Thou shalt not kill", and condemned the taking of a life for the sake of protecting other rights.
"... how can an act be therapeutic, civil or simply humane if it suppresses innocent and defenceless life at its beginning?" he asked.
Francis said parents should see children as a gift from the God, who teach unselfishness and "make us grow in love".