Pope John Paul II, the child that should have been aborted


Southern Europe


A man runs down a street in Krakow on 6 April 2014, past graffiti picturing the late Pope John Paul II and a poster for the opening of a Karol Wojtyla museum in his hometown Wadowice. Photo AFP, Janek Skarzynski

If it were up to Polish doctor Dr Jan Moskała, John Paul II – Pope from 1978 to 2005 – would never have been born. Because of a life-threatening pregnancy at the end of 1919, the medical expert advised Emilia Wojtyła, his mother-to-be, to have an abortion.