Rome: Reaffirming his strict opposition to abortion, Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday issued warning during a plenary meeting of the Pontifical Academy for Life in the Italian capital that "abortion solves no problem".

Pope said, "But it kills a child, destroys the woman, weighs on the conscience of the father and often ruins family life."

He appealed to the moral conscience of all those considering an abortion, arguing that all of society should be dedicated to preserving the right to life.

Pope also called for all the women "who have unfortunately aborted and thereby fallen into a moral and existential drama" to be helped.