JOHN PAUL TERMS KILLING OF UNBORN AMONG CENTURY'S WORST CRIMES ABORTION: AREAS OF EUROPE HAVE BECOME A CEMETERY FOR THE INNOCENT, POPE SAYS IN POLAND.Pope John Paul launched a fierce attack on abortion Tuesday, saying mass killing of the unborn was among the worst crimes of genocide of the 20th century.
"Ours is a century encumbered by the death of millions of innocent people," the pope said at a Mass for tens of thousands of faithful in this central Polish city.Listing the Nazi annihilation of Jews and gypsies, the U.S. nuclear bombing of Japan and the millions of victims of World War II in Poland and elsewhere, he said vast areas of Europe had become a cemetery of the innocent this century.
"That cemetery of the victims of human cruelty in our century is extended to include yet another vast cemetery, that of the unborn, of the defenseless whose faces even their own mothers had not seen," the pope, on the fourth day of a nine-day visit to his native country, added.
"What human institution, what parliament has the right to legalize the killing of an innocent and defenseless human being?" he asked.
"What parliament has the right to say "you are free to kill,' or even "killing is in order,' where the biggest efforts should be made to protect and help life in the first place?"
In his second emotional plea against abortion in two days, the pope told of his horror on once watching a film taken inside a woman's womb, which he said showed unborn children were conscious of the mortal threat they faced when abortion took place.
"Those defenseless human beings tried to defend themselves. A film camera has recorded a desperate defense by an unborn child in the womb of his mother.
"It is hard to visualize a more appalling drama," he said.
On Monday he shouted at his countrymen in an outburst against abortion during a Mass in the southern city of Kielce.