Abortion – Why Not

Abortion – Why Not

The Church’s Teaching on Abortion

The baby in the photo below is 7-weeks-old in the womb.  For more photos of babies in the womb, visit www.priestsforlife.org, run by Fr. Frank Pavone.
baby's feet - 7 weeks in womb
 On Jan. 19, the VPCYG will travel to Baton Rouge to pray outside the Delta Women’s Clinic for an end to abortion.
In anticipation of that event, I will be providing posts and links that help us explain the Church’s pro-life stance and answer many of the arguments that pro-abortion advocates make.  (BTW, being pro-“choice” simply means being pro-abortion.)
This first post in this series will look at what the Catholic Church teaches about abortion and why it is wrong.
In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 2270-2275, we find the specific teaching of the Church on abortion:

2270 Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person — among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you. (Jer 1:5; cf Job 10:8-12; Ps 22:10-1 1)

My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth. ( Ps. 139:15.)

2271 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law.

2272 Formal co-operation in an abortion constitutes a grave offence. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to this crime against human life.

2273 The inalienable right to life of every innocent human individual is a constitutive element of a civil society and its legislation.

2274 Since it must be treated from conception as a person, the embryo must be defended in its integrity, cared for, and healed, as far as possible, like any other human being.

2275 … ‘It is immoral to produce human embryos intended for exploitation as disposable biological material.’

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