The Catholic Church has always condemned abortions, therefore excommunicating any individual who has undergone or taken part in giving an abortion. Although there are various exceptions, such as when the mother's life is in danger, when the loss of a baby is unintentional, or rape victims. However, these are still very point of view based and views are very different based on the location or social view on abortions.
But on September 1st Pope Francis has decided is too allow priests to forgive women who underwent abortions during the Church's Jubilee year of mercy from December 8th till November 20th in 2016.* Although I am personally pro-choice I still understand and respect why some religions feel to protect even fetuses or babies from abortions.Though I think it is barbaric, especially, to not allow abortions after rape.
Ultimately this news just furthers how accepting Catholicism is becoming. Rather than being an exclusive religion where only the hardcore individuals are allowed, it is evolving with the different social norms. I believe that everyone should be able to follow whatever religion in whatever method they feel as religion is more ambiguous than set in stone laws that every follower must follow. The way another person follows a religion does not affect another's and I do not see why Catholicism is so restricting when every human is different.
Read the article on CNN here
*Note: Jubilees are certain years when "indulgences" are forgiven, this jubilee has a focus Mercy and forgiveness.