Thursday, December 11, 2008


Pope Benedict Attacks Population Control Efforts Like UNFPA Backing Abortion

by Steven Ertelt Editor


The Vatican ( -- Pope Benedict XVI released his annual peace message on Thursday that touched on a number of political subjects but also went after population control campaigns. He criticized efforts that rely on abortion or try to use reducing the birth rate as a method of economic development.

The Catholic leader's words come at a time when pro-life advocates are worried that incoming president Barack Obama will restore funding to the UNFPA and groups that promote and perform abortions in other countries.

In his 17-page message "Fighting Poverty to Build Peace," the pope attacked the population control campaigns that wrongly believe a higher population hurts the global economy -- even as some nations are facing economic troubles because of severe underpopulation.

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