Catholics and Abortion: Basics
Catholics and Abortion: Basics.
(Number 1 in a series)
"I was asked" to do a post about the Catholic church`s stance on abortion.
Of course, for many people, this is a controversial topic. My effort here will be to state and explain the official Catholic perspective. My intention is not really to debate the topic but to try to come to an understanding what the Catholic position is and why they think that way.
There are related topics. In this first post I will just state the Catholic basic position. I want to separate out several of the other topics for future blog posts.
- how does Catholic position contradict pro-choice
- how does the Catholic Church punish its own members (like excommunication)
- if Catholics have a certain belief, why are they pushing for laws to force their beliefs onto others
- Catholic views on family planning and contraception
- Catholic and anti-abortion fanatics
The Catholic position begins with the statement that human life must be respected and protected. This concept encompasses all things that might harm a human life such as murder, assault, etc.
The Catholic belief is that from the moment of conception that the tiny being is human life and thus must be respected and protected.
Therefore the Catholic Church believes abortion to cause the death of a human life and thus to be a gravely moral evil.
Almost all civilizations and cultures consider harming human life by murder to be a serious wrong.
The most debated part of the Catholic view is the Church's assertion that human life begins at the moment of conception. Other people insist that human life actually begins at later times, possibly as late as the birth moment.
Your comments and questions are welcome.