In 2012, now Pope Francis said
Abortion is never a solution. We listen, support and understanding from our place to save two lives: respect the human being small and helpless, they can take steps to preserve your life, allow birth and then be creative in the search for ways to bring it to its full development.
It was during a 2007 speech that he likened abortion with the death penalty.
As Buenos Aires Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio also voiced his opposition to capital punishment, assisted suicide and what he termed "clandestine euthanasia", which is a social services culture of discarding the elderly by stopping payment for services.