Women who've had abortions are not sinners — and the Catholic Church just confirmed it.
Pope Francis has declared that women should be forgiven for having abortions. In a document released today, Pope Francis reiterated a point that he made in 2015: Priests must forgive women who've had abortions. Previously, only bishops had that authority.
His statement marked the conclusion of the church's year-long Jubilee of Mercy, which is part of the Catholic Church's ploy to be more "welcoming, merciful and inclusive," according to The New York Times.