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The Roman Catholic Church has consistently condemned abortion — the direct and purposeful taking of the life of a totally innocent unborn child. In principle, Catholic Christians believe that all life is sacred from conception until natural death, and the taking of innocent human life, whether born or unborn, is morally wrong.
- The Church teaches, "Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains for ever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being".
- Abortion is the greatest single scourge of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, claiming far more innocent lives than any other threat, including war, poverty, starvation and natural disasters. This grave moral evil is also the centerpiece of the contemporary culture wars which divide most Western nations, particularly the United States, which is split almost evenly.
- The assertion that Catholic Church tetheaching on abortion throughout history is confused and inconsistent is historically indefensible. The historical record shows beyond any doubt that the Church's teaching, namely that abortion is a grave moral evil, has been clear, emphatic, and unwavering... The exact time when the fetus becomes 'animated' has no practical significance as far as the morality of abortion is concerned... The rational soul is created and infused at conception; the development of the fetus is a continuum, rather than a series of distinct stages..
- Accordiing to Church teaching, the term 'abortion' includes 1) all birth control pills, 2) mini-pills, morning-after pills, true abortion pills such as RU-486, abortifacients such as Depo-Provera, and injectable abortifacients such as NORPLANT, 3) "menstrual extraction" techniques, and 4) intrauterine devices (IUDs).
- Some dissidents hold that we can choose abortion if we do so with a clear conscience.... Occasionally pro-abortion Catholics will quote a Vatican II document entitled Declaration on Religious Freedom in support of their contention that we should be able to do anything our 'conscience' does not object to. [However, the author has stated] that "The Declaration does not base the right to the free exercise of religion on 'freedom of conscience.' Nowhere does this phrase occur. And the Declaration nowhere lends its authority to the theory for which the phrase frequently stands, namely, that I have the right to do what my conscience tells me to do, simply because my conscience tells me to do it. This is a perilous theory. Its particular peril is subjectivism - the notion that, in the end, it is my conscience, and not the objective truth, which determines what is right and wrong, true or false."
- Other dissidents hold that "If you carefully examine your conscience and then decide that an abortion is the most moral act you can do at this time, you're not committing a sin. Therefore, you're not excommunicated. Nor need you tell it in confession since, in your case, abortion is not a sin". This advice directly contradicts the Church's teaching.
- Every woman who subjects herself to an induced abortion suffers the death of her own child. She is at risk not only for the surgical and medical complications of abortion—uterine rupture, sepsis, infertility, increased incidence of cancer. She is also at high risk for pathological grief, which often brings with it severe and long-lasting negative [effects] for herself, her partner, and her surviving children... In the weeks and months after the abortion, feelings of sadness and guilt often threaten to overwhelm the post-abortion woman, yet society offers her no assistance in mourning—she is expected to be grateful that "her problem is solved" and to "get on with her life" as though nothing significant had happened.
- Healing after an abortion: For Catholics and others, the pain of abortion is intensified by a sense of alienation from God and Church. Pastoral care includes counseling and preparation for the sacrament of Reconciliation. [The goal] is for the person to receive the healing grace of God and the church's official forgiveness for abortion. It allows the person, in a caring and hopeful context, to move toward reconciliation - with herself, her unborn child, her family, her Church, and her God.