Pope tweets backing for huge U.S. anti-abortion rally

VATICAN CITY Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:58am EST

Pope Francis smiles as he arrives to conduct his weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito

Pope Francis smiles as he arrives to conduct his weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican January 22, 2014.

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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has used Twitter to back an annual anti-abortion rally, the March for Life, which is expected to draw tens of thousands of activists to Washington on Wednesday.

"I join the March for Life in Washington with my prayers. May God help us respect all life, especially the most vulnerable," he said on his Twitter account in a message that was quickly re-tweeted thousands of times.

The Argentinian-born pontiff has some 11.5 million followers on his Twitter account in several languages, @pontifex.

The Washington rally is one of the key events of the pro-life movement in the United States, where abortion is one of the most polarising issues in politics.

Earlier this month, Francis called abortion "horrific", using some of the strongest language on the issue since his election last March.

Francis alarmed some conservatives last September with comments in an interview with a Jesuit magazine suggesting the Church should shake off an "obsession" with such divisive issues as abortion, contraception and homosexuality.

(Reporting by Naomi O'Leary; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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Laborman wrote:
Will he back it when they shoot another doctor? The U.S. Republican anti-abortion platform has NO exception for the LIFE of the mother. SO it calls for the murdering of moms in problem pregnancies to save the “life” of a fertilized egg or fetus. No choice. The “pro-lifers” have already decided in advance that mom dies, fertilized egg or fetus gets saved. My family faced such a choice. Thank God it was in a civilized state of Massachusetts and my dad was able to opt to save my mother’s life. Years later she gave birth to my sister. But the religious zealots owe us an explanation of how the Republican platform would work in practice. Doctors facing murder charges (on my taxpayer dime) for saving the life of a mom if the fertilized egg or fetus doesn’t survive? NRA members sent into hospitals to shoot moms? I’ve read the Republican platform over and over. No exceptions. You owe us a full explanation.

Jan 22, 2014 11:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
Laborman wrote:
Will he back it when they shoot another doctor? The U.S. Republican anti-abortion platform has NO exception for the LIFE of the mother. SO it calls for the murdering of moms in problem pregnancies to save the “life” of a fertilized egg or fetus. No choice. The “pro-lifers” have already decided in advance that mom dies, fertilized egg or fetus gets saved. My family faced such a choice. Thank God it was in a civilized state of Massachusetts and my dad was able to opt to save my mother’s life. Years later she gave birth to my sister. But the religious zealots owe us an explanation of how the Republican platform would work in practice. Doctors facing murder charges (on my taxpayer dime) for saving the life of a mom if the fertilized egg or fetus doesn’t survive? NRA members sent into hospitals to shoot moms? I’ve read the Republican platform over and over. No exceptions. You owe us a full explanation.

Jan 22, 2014 11:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
Mylena wrote:
I love Francisco’s father, but, the Vaticano will not bring money for the one’s that need to be feeded. Today a sad notice a child 8 years old die , there were 9 livins in one small palce. Poverty calls poverty!!!!!!

Jan 22, 2014 12:10pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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