When Buenos Aires archbishop Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected by the College of Cardinals, the Pro-Life Action League was delighted to learn that the new Pope Francis is an outspoken advocate for unborn children and a strong supporter of pro-life activism. We were particularly impressed by what then-Cardinal Bergoglio had said in a 2005 speech:
“Defend the unborn against abortion even if they persecute you, calumniate you, set traps for you, take you to court or kill you. No child should be deprived of the right to be born, the right to be fed, the right to go to school.”
Not only does this statement betray a tender sympathy for the lives of children both born and unborn, but it shows a keen awareness of the great challenges faced by pro-life activists. The Pro-Life Action League warmly welcomes such an advocate to the Throne of Peter. May God grant him many years!