In a much-anticipated apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s position on the sanctity of life for unborn babies.

The newly released papal document Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) did not make any doctrinal changes, as some liberals hoped it would, according to the International Business Times. The 60,000-word apostolic exhortation addressed a number of issues related to the family, including abortion, divorce and same-sex marriage, the report states.

This is what the papal document had to say about abortion, according to the report:

On the subject of abortion, the document states the church’s commitment to its anti-abortion stance, adding that no woman’s “right to choose” over what happens to their own body can “justify terminating a life”.

It also states that healthcare workers in [facilities that perform abortions] should exercise their right to conscientiously object to abortion.

Source: Pope Francis Condemns Abortion: Woman’s “Right to Choose” Can Never “Justify Terminating a Life” |