“The Peruvian Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani… blasted the United Nations for encouraging Latin American governments affected by the Zika virus to allow abortion, comparing the organization to a modern-day King Herod, who ordered the slaughter of babies at the time of Jesus’ birth” (Breitbart.com, February 10, 2016). “‘How can they ask these women not to become pregnant, but not offer … the possibility to end their pregnancies?’ asked UN Human Rights office spokeswoman Cecile Pouilly… UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein was similarly forceful in calling for a relaxation of abortion laws. ‘The laws and policies that restrict access to these services should be urgently reviewed in accordance with human rights, in order to ensure, in practice, the right to health for all,’ he said” (ibid.). Recent statements by the pope also have the appearance of situation ethics. He recently suggested contraceptives be used to limit the impact of the Zika virus—an action that goes against long-standing Catholic teaching (CNN, February 18, 2016).
As we approach the end of the age, we will see more individuals and governmental bodies advocating actions that trivialize the sanctity of human life. God created all humans in His very own image (Genesis 1:26), and He alone controls the gates of death (Job 38:17). For more on this topic, read “Abortion: A Modern Holocaust?”