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Jesuit Bioethicist Condones ‘Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy’

A Jesuit priest who is a professor of bioethics on the theology faculty of the University of Sophia and the University of Bunkyo in Tokyo, recently wrote in a Spanish newspaper that sometimes “it’s irresponsible not to interrupt a pregnancy, before it’s too late to do it without it being unfair to the fetus,” according to

“If an abortion is the unjust and irresponsible interruption of a pregnancy,” Father Juan Masiá, S.J., reportedly wrote in El Pais, “not every voluntary interruption of a pregnancy constitutes an abortion in the negative moral sense.”

According to Fr. Masiá, “There are cases in which the decision to interrupt a pregnancy is made precisely to avoid an abortion.”  Specifically, he cited the case of “severe malformation,” when the abortion is performed early in pregnancy.

Late last month, the Spanish government passed a law restricting abortion.

In 2012, Fr. Masiá reportedly published a piece in which he said “the abortion of an anencephalic (baby) is not the abortion of a human being.”

Last year, he reportedly published another article on the issue of contraception titled, “Go forth always, multiply only when convenient.” 

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