Why Not Abortion?

Abortion is the direct and voluntary killing of an innocent unborn human baby. It is death by someone else's choice. According to the Oxford dictionary, the verb: 'to murder' means 'to kill a human being intentionally and unlawfully'. Divine Law is from God, therefore Divine Law is above Civil Law. If Civil Law allows abortion it contradicts Divine Law and is, therefore, a false law. Divine Law says that abortion is wrong because human life must be protected from the moment of conception (Catechism of the Catholic Church, para 2270).

BUT ABORTION IS JUST A TERMINATION OF A PARASITICAL MASS OF CELLS.

Professor William Brennan of the School of Social Service in the USA comments upon the similarities in language between Nazism and the present Culture of Death. See table below:

CULTURE OF LIFE

CULTURE OF DEATH

NAZISM

Unborn babies are human, they are made in God's image, human life is sacred.

An unborn baby is seen as a "MASS" of cells or protoplasm or tissue.

Jews were seen as a non-human "MASS". (Franz Stengel, death-camp head)

Unborn human life should be protected. Both mothers AND babies are precious.

Babies in the womb are seen as "PARASITES" in the woman's body.

Adolf Hitler called the Jews "PARASITES" on the body of Europe.

Killing unborn children is murder.

Abortion is commonly called a "TERMINATION".

Killing Jews was called the "FINAL SOLUTION".

Abortion rips a baby to pieces in the womb, and it harms the mother too.

Abortion is regarded as a common, minor surgical procedure.

Death camp doctors regarded killing Jews as simply routine medical procedure.

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MOST ABORTIONS HAPPEN BEFORE THE BABY IS DEVELOPED.

Few, if any, abortions are carried out prior to the first 6 weeks of pregnancy. By 6 weeks a baby's heart is beating and brain-wave activity can be detected.

BUT ABORTION DOESN'T HARM THE CHILD; IT DOESN'T ENTAIL SLAUGHTER.

Most abortions occur in the first 3 months of pregnancy (around the 10-week mark). There are 2 common methods of abortion used at this time:

1) In the VACUUM SUCTION METHOD the mother's cervix is dilated and the child is torn apart by a sharp edged cannula. A cannula is a metal tube that works in the same way as a vacuum cleaner. It sucks pieces of the baby through the tube because the child's body is composed of soft tissue at that young age. The sharp edges of the cannula cut the baby to pieces. The Catholic Church teaches adoption " not abortion " for crisis pregnancies.

2) By the end of the first 3 months of pregnancy the bones and tissue of the unborn baby are more developed and hence more difficult to tear apart. The abortionist now uses a sharp spoon-like instrument that cuts and scrapes larger pieces of the baby from the womb. This process is commonly called the DILATATION and CURETTAGE method. The Catholic Church teaches that no child, even if conceived from rape, deserves to be treated like this.

WHAT ARE THE OTHER METHODS USED FOR ABORTION?

In the second and third trimesters (trimester = 3 months of pregnancy) even more forceful procedures are used to kill the baby. In the DILATATION and EVACUATION method the doctor inserts forceps into the mother's womb and these are used to crush the limbs, spine and then the baby's skull. A larger cannula is used to suck out the remnants of the child. In SALINE abortions a salt solution is injected into the amniotic sack and the baby swallows this. The saline solution burns the skin and tissue of the baby. The child normally dies after choking and burning for 2 hours. PROSTAGLANDIN is a labour-inducing drug. It mostly prematurely delivers the dead child. PARTIAL BIRTH abortions entail the delivery of the living baby except for the head. An incision at the nape of the neck allows the child's brain to be sucked out. The head can then be crushed thus facilitating the delivery of the dead child.

HOW MANY ABORTIONS OCCUR EVERY YEAR IN THE WORLD?

53 million surgical abortions (Time Magazine, Aug 1998) + 34 million chemical abortions from the pill + 247 million early abortions from Intra Uterine Devices (Kippley, 1998, Birth Control & Christian Discipleship) + an untold number who die through 'reproductive technologies' (eg we know that 9 out of 10 of the babies conceived through IVF have so far been discarded, De Stoop, Contraception, op. cit.) = At least 334 million aborted babies each year in the world today.

WOMEN SHOULD HAVE THE FREEDOM TO CHOOSE.

No freedom is absolute. Unlimited "freedom to choose" results in anarchy. We must distinguish between licit and illicit freedoms. If a country adopted the "freedom of choice" slogan, the "freedom to choose" would supersede all other freedoms (eg murderers could claim the "freedom to choose" to murder). All laws restrict our "freedom of choice" in some way.

BUT ABORTION IS LEGAL.

Just because something is legal does not make it right or moral. Female genital mutilation is legal in some African countries but that doesn't make it right; the same applies with abortion.

NO-ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO IMPOSE THEIR MORALITY ONTO SOMEONE ELSE.

The purpose of all activism, serious debate and public discourse is to convince others of the morality and correctness of one's views. Most of our country's important laws are based on the 10 Commandments; many of these laws directly legislate morality for the good of society. Sadly, some of our laws are not for the common good (eg one law says that human life begins at birth; such a law imposes upon society a false standard as to when human life begins).

NOT THE CHURCH, NOT THE STATE, WOMEN MUST DECIDE THEIR FATE!

The Church and the state have a legitimate interest in some activities (eg wife beating, rape & murder). The state should always legislate against any type of murder (including abortion); this is not an unwarranted invasion of the murderer's privacy " it is just simple good sense.

ABORTION SHOULD BE A DECISION BETWEEN A WOMAN & HER DOCTOR.

Abortion is not healthcare. It is murder. Only minimal consultation occurs between the abortionist and the pregnant woman who is considering the abortion. More than 99% of all abortions are performed for non-medical reasons, despite the phony name 'therapeutic'.

EVERY CHILD SHOULD BE A WANTED CHILD.

This slogan means that children don't have any intrinsic value; it assigns worth to an unborn human life based purely on the whim of another person; it indirectly advocates the disposal of unwanted born children too. Abortion is a direct result of thinking that only "wanted" children should live. Made in God's image, all children (born or unborn) have intrinsic value.

TO BE PRO-CHOICE IS TO BE PRO-FAMILY & PRO-CHILD.

This is like saying, "Pro-Jew, pro-Holocaust!" If pro-choice is pro-child why does it advocate killing children? If pro-choice is pro-family why has it failed to reduce many of the social ills that legalised abortion promised to eliminate, such as: unwanted children & battered children?

RIGHT TO LIFE? THAT'S A LIE. YOU DON'T CARE IF WOMEN DIE!

The commonly held view that thousands of women died from 'backstreet abortions' (before abortion was legalised) is simply not true; the true figures have been grossly exaggerated. If pro-lifers don't care about women, why do they run most of the crisis pregnancy centres where material / emotional support is free? Compare such help with that given at abortuaries.

WHAT ABOUT RAPE, INCEST AND DEFORMITIES?

Most people are against the death penalty for rapists, why then favour death for the innocent baby conceived from the rape? Two wrongs don't make a right; abortion makes rape worse.

As regards incest, abortion just helps cover up the crime so that the perpetrator can continue the molestation of the victim. As regards deformities, most people don't support the killing of handicapped adults & children; why then support the killing of handicapped unborn babies?

OUTLAWING ABORTION WILL CRIMINALISE WOMEN.

No woman has ever been prosecuted for an abortion in Australia or the USA; punishment is invariably aimed at the abortionist. A woman who hires a hit man to kill her husband is not a victim, and neither is the woman who hires a doctor to abort her unborn baby.

WOMAN'S BODY, WOMAN'S CHOICE!

If an unborn child is a part of the mother because he or she is inside her, then being inside a room would make us part of the room! The right to have control over one's body in no way implies the right to destroy another person's body. To insist the baby is totally dependent on the mother is to imply that the mother has the right to dispose of her child; this is really saying that people have the right to dispose of anyone who happens to be dependent, (eg the sick).

ABORTION SHOULD BE SAFE, LEGAL AND RARE.

How can 'legally' tearing a baby to pieces & then forcibly sucking the child out of his or her mother's womb be safe for the baby? If abortion is such a good thing why should it be rare?



* Please note that this text should be read in the context of the whole work and in recognition of the appropriate paragraphs of the Catechism of the Catholic Church highlighted in the index.