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Published: Monday, Jan. 13 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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American Fork, UT

None of his comments carry much weight until the church gets real about human sexuality, birth control, and empowerment of women. In the case of this pope, some of that may happen but they've got a long way to go.

Nan BW
ELder, CO

I agree with him, and I think that abortion is one of the top indications of a culture gone the wrong direction. It is tragic and horrible.

Greeley, CO

I really don't understand how people can argue that killing a human fetus is okay. There is nothing okay about it. It is a human life. Why does the USSC get to decide when killing is okay. How is it a women's rights issue. Really, it's a woman's right to decide whether to kill? Those in favor of abortion say - it's her body. No, it's the body of another human being. That human has no choice in the matter? It baffles the mind

Centerville, UT

I disagree that none of his comments carry weight....

If he has a good idea, or a valid concern, why not weigh the measure of each concern or idea upon their own credits? Why throw out everything because something is disagreeable?

I agree that abortion is one piece of evidence that there are problems with the liberal agenda. Liberalism harms society more than it helps. We need a return to core values.

Sandy, Utah

@Hutterite, none of his comments carry much weight TO YOU. The rest of the world watches on and loves that he's confronting issues.


I own my body, not the gov. When you can get pregnant you are entitled to an opinion.

Salt Lake City, UT

It is also evidence of an immoral culture. It is similar to how the gay community wants same-sex marriage to be legal. Just as abortion is legal it is still not moral. If same-sex marriage becomes legal it will still be immoral.

God bless the Pope his is a great and inspired man!

Salt Lake City, UT

@Hutterite--so, with you, it's all or nothing, eh? That's, to use a phrase, throwing the baby out with the bathwater. How about taking each point on it's own merits? By the way, what is "getting real" about human sexuality, birth control, and empowerment of women?

spring street

I can understand were the pope is coming from, if you believe life starts at conception it would be hard to understand how anyone would make such a decision but in my experience work king with women that have faced thart decision it is not one they mKe lightly. I do agree with him on his other comments with regards to doing more to care for the hungry, immigrants and those being persecuted. It is sad to see people on both sides place so much focus on his comments about abortion and ignore the rest of his comments which he has spent more time talking about.

Provo, ut

A throw away society and an immoral society.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

We gong from hard covered books to paper back to intangible books. The books you read and the people you keep in a virtual world. We really went into an imaginary world when people don't matter.

Salt Lake City, UT

The best way to reduce abortions is to prevent unplanned pregnancies in the first place but the Vatican isn't very big on that idea thanks to their opposition to birth control.

orem, UT

As a woman I have the ultimate power, the power to create a new life. The problem isn't that women need to be more empowered to control their sexuality. With the exception of rape, it is woman not respecting this amazing power they have. People discuss female sexuality like its ultimate purpose is pleasure with the unfortunate disadvantage that it can also produce unwanted pregnancies, or it can be used to have a kid if that's what you want. Shouldn't the power to create life weigh more heavily than personal pleasure?

I know that sexuality is not just for creating life, but in the big picture why is new life considered an inconvenient second to personal pleasure? As a woman, I believe this is a tragic order of prorities.

Clearfield, UT

Hutterite. When does personal responsibility become part of the equation. We have made children the problem. Get rid of the child, problem solved. Liberals don't want poor women having children. That is why they are adamant that abortion be legal and birth control part of insurance plans. If you disagree consider this. What demographic has the most abortions. I submit it is the poor. Study eugenics. Poor people create more poor people. Stop them from having children you eliminate poverty. I can understand an abortion in the case of rape, incest, or dire health concerns. That should be a rare occurrence.

Murray, Utah


Pregnancy is a consequence of an action. Not a choice. The action that causes the pregnancy can be prevented or controlled. Until society learns to prevent or deal with consequences, we will continue to deteriorate.


What is the difference between "natural" means of family planning--accepted by the Catholic church--(rhythm method) and modern methods of family planning such as the pill other than one has a high rate of failure? Contraceptives saves lives--of women and unborn children.

The good news is abortions are declining in the U.S. Liberals and conservatives could find common ground in reducing abortion rates through education and improving access to contraceptives.

NBC (2012)
"A dramatic new study finds that offering women free birth control can reduce unplanned pregnancies -- and send the abortion rate spiraling downward.

When more than 9,000 women ages 14 to 45 in the St. Louis area were given no-cost contraception for three years, abortion rates dropped from two-thirds to three-quarters lower than the national rate, according to a new report by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis researchers.

Are you recommending celibacy for married people who've finished adding to their family?


Mick, I hold your gender responsible. When you accept your responsibility and start using birth control then you have no right to judge women. Your righteous indignation means nothing compared to the ownership of my body.

Provo, UT

He has got this right.

Saint George, UT

Disposing 50 to 60 million babies down the toilet since RoeVWade is hardly evidence of a kinder and gentler man, women, and nation. There is no debate in such evil!

logan, UT

I wonder what liberals think of their new best friend now. . .

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