The Pope spoke to the Pontifical Academy for Life recently and you can find the synopsis of his discussion with them HERE.
I just want to comment on a few things:
1)"The Holy Father expressed particular concern about 'the obsessive search for the perfect child.' The use of advanced biotechnology, he warned, threatens to unleash 'a new wave of eugenic discrimination.'
The Holy Father hit the nail on the head here. There's been such a push for pre-natal testing lately to find out if your child has "defects." Its a little too "brave new worldish."If they can fix something, for instance if your baby is developing a blood clot or something, then it is wonderful. If the outcome will be to "fix" the situation by killing a baby the if it has down syndrome then the testing needs to be stopped. God creates each child uniquely and for a special purpose and that is almost always especially clear of special needs children. Just ask their parents if they would trade their child for any other on earth.
2)"the Pope remarked that arguments in defense of life are based not upon sectarian religious beliefs but on 'the natural law written on the heart,' and therefore accessible to 'all people of sound conscience.'"
My first comment on this is that in a fashion it is sectarian religious belief in that natural law assumes a natural law giver. Although there are quite a few theist abortion advocates (and truly only God knows why) many are atheist and so this argument from natural law opposes their religious beliefs. That would be unless they still for some odd reasons still believed in a natural law but not God or a God.
My second comment is that it is odd that given our country's divisiveness over the issue of abortion it has from its beginning not only recognized the existence of natural law (and therefore implicitly God) but also it has understood the right to life as the first and foremost right given to man by his maker. Hence "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It just seems interesting to me that our nation was formed because it felt denied so many rights and it felt compelled to list them and now we deny the first on the list to so many more...
3) "He listed the drive for legalization of abortion in Latin America, the use of 'new forms of chemical abortion under the pretext of reproductive health,'"
How is abortion helping "reproductive rights?" I just don't understand how killing the purpose and fruit of reproduction makes reproduction healthier. I guess I missed that class in Logic.
4) “Life is the primary good we have received from God, the foundation of all the others,” the Pope pointed out. The campaign to protect that gift “is a duty upon which the future of humanity depends."