In the Plaza de las Americas in San Juan, Puerto Rico, John Paul II presided at a eucharistic celebration on Oct. 12, 1984. Long before partial birth abortion had become a legal issue in America, the Pope in his homily cited abortion and infanticide as both condemned by the Second Vatican Council.

Remember also in the words of the last Council — that life, from the moment of conception onwards, must be safeguarded with the utmost care; abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes (Gaudium et Spes, No. 51). Hence, no human law can morally justify induced abortion. Equally inadmissible from the standpoint of morality are any actions taken by public authorities which seek to limit the responsible freedom of parents to decide the number of their children.