POSTED: Monday, February 28, 2011 - 4:20pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 8:50pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict has urged doctors to protect
women from thinking that an abortion might be a solution to social
or economic difficulties or health problems.
Benedict reaffirmed the Catholic Church's firm opposition to
abortion in a weekend speech to members of the Pontifical Academy
for Life, the Vatican's bioethics advisory board.
The pontiff argued that women are often convinced, sometimes by
their own doctors, that abortion is a legitimate choice and in some
cases even a therapeutic act to prevent their babies from
Saying "abortion solves nothing," Benedict urged doctors not
to give up their duty to defend the consciences of women from such