Nearly 1.1 babies in the U.S are killed every year (Abortion Facts). Imagine the reason for this. Many people do not realize that the cause of this is abortion. According to American Heritage’s definition of abortion, an abortion is the deliberate termination of a pregnancy, usually before the embryo or fetus is capable of independent life. The Catholic Church has long held the view that abortion is not only immoral but also the deliberate killing of life at the moment of conception.
The Church is pro-life and teaches abortion is wrong and should be avoided at all costs. The fifth commandment states, “You shall not kill” (Ex. 20:13). At the moment of conception life begins. By performing an abortion one is taking the life of an innocent being, which ultimately is committing murder. Murder is the ultimate sin as it goes against what God called his children to do. Humans were created to procreate in love and through marriage. Although many pregnancies are brought up without love and marriage, it is still a human life and should be respected no matter what.
The arguments of the pro-choice party consist of the option to be able to end a pregnancy if one desires to. Reasons many people support abortion include topics such as rape, financial problems, health of the mother, and incest. According to amplifyyourvoice.org many people argue that the government should not have a say in the medical procedure one partakes in whether it be abortion or something such as a kidney transplant. A woman should have a say in whether or not she wants to follow through in such a big change within her own body.
The Church however disagrees fully with pro-choice supporters. At the moment of conception a life is created. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches under no circumstances a life should be taken away by another being. “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”56(CCC 2258). All human life deserves respect especially those who do not have a voice or say in whether their life is taken or not. The Catechism of the Catholic Church also states, “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 life72 (CCC 2270). The Church’s view on abortion appeals to many people and creates a strong pro-life community in which fights to end abortion completely.
My personal take on abortion is that is a moral evil and should be completely avoided. I do not understand how a person can take an innocent life so easily without any consequences here on earth. There are so many different options out there other than abortion and I just wish this issue could one day be vanished. It seems so hopeless and farfetched but I hope one day every single person in the world will have the same standpoint as the Catholic Church does because ultimately that is the only right opinion. God created life and it is not our right as humans to be able to create that life and then take it away in an instance.
Human life is truly a gift. All life has purpose no matter what the situation it was created in. God has a plan for every single person the moment they are created. As Dr. Seuss would say, “A person is a person no matter how small.” This quote fits perfectly with this topic because it is true, a tiny baby in the womb is just as important as a grown adult. No one has the right to take that life away, not even the one who created it. Abortion is a huge issue in society today and luckily humanity has the Catholic Church to help guide and offer alternative options to help save an innocent life.
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