The History of Abortion. The view of the Catholic Church.

The History of Abortion is very old. Since ancient times you can find info on various types and methods on how to terminate a pregnancy.

But what is the view of The Catholic Church about Abortion?

Since the first century, the Church has affirmed that every procured abortion is a moral evil, a teaching that the Catechism of the Catholic Church declares "has not changed and remains unchangeable".

If we read Exodus 21:22-24 attentively, we will notice that the law of retribution has been applied to abortion, in this case. The Bible writes about the consequences if a pregnant woman is hit by two men fighting and gives birth prematurely. 

If there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined. But if there is serious injury, “you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth”.

Pope Pius IX did not make any distinction about the stage of pregnancy when he subjected all those who effectively procured an abortion to excommunication. 

The Catholic Church teaches that human life must be respected and protected from the moment of conception.

So it's only natural that our Church is against all procedures whose purpose is to destroy an embryo or fetus.

Abortion was a common practice in Greece up to the 5th century.  This was because they believed that the fetus was like a plant until the moment of birth.

As a contrast you can see how respectful the Christians were for all human life, during the early Christian era. This Christian attitude towards the unborn child was very striking, taking in consideration that they were surrounded by erroneous teachings. Teachings like the Aristotelian thinking, for instance.

The History of Abortion is a very sad one, showing very clearly that if God's light is absent in our life, we are just miserable human beings who do not hesitate to take the life of the most vulnerable human beings on this world: our own children! 



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