"By Thee have I been holden up from the womb: Thou art He that took me
out of my mother's bowels: my praise [shall be] continually of Thee." - Psalms
"Lo, children [are] an heritage of the Lord: [and] the fruit of the
womb [is his] reward." - Psalms 127:3
"For Thou hast possessed my reins: Thou hast covered me in my mother's
womb." - Psalms 139:13
"Did not He that made me in the womb make him? And did not One fashion
us in the womb?" - Job 31:15
"Thus saith the Lord that made thee, and formed thee from the womb,
[which] will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom
I have chosen." - Isaiah 44:2
"Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The Lord hath
called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath He made mention of
my name. And now, saith the Lord that formed me from the womb [to be] His
servant, to bring Jacob again to Him, though Israel
be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God
shall be my strength." - Isaiah 49:1, 5
"Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest
forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, [and] I ordained thee a prophet unto
the nations." - Jeremiah 1:5
Catechism of the Catholic Church says on "Abortion:"
2271. "Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil
of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains
unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as
an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law: You shall not
kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish. [Didache
2, 2: SCh 248, 148; cf. Ep. Barnabae 19, 5: PG 2, 777; Ad Diognetum 5, 6: PG 2,
1173; Tertullian, Apol. 9: PL 1, 319-320.] God, the Lord of life, has
entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it
out in a manner worthy of themselves. Life must be protected with the
utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are
abominable crimes. [GS 51 # 3.]"
2272. "Formal cooperation in an abortion constitutes a grave
offense. The Church attaches the canonical penalty of excommunication to
this crime against human life. 'A person who procures a completed
abortion incurs excommunication latae sententiae,' [CIC, can. 1398.] 'by the
very commission of the offense,' [CIC, can. 1314.] and subject to the
conditions provided by Canon Law. [Cf. CIC, cann. 1323-1324.] The Church
does not thereby intend to restrict the scope of mercy. Rather, she makes
clear the gravity of the crime committed, the irreparable harm done to the
innocent who is put to death, as well as to the parents and the whole of
2274. "Since it must be treated from conception as a person, the
embryo must be defended in its integrity, cared for, and healed, as far as
possible, like any other human being. Prenatal diagnosis is morally
licit, 'if it respects the life and integrity of the embryo and the human fetus
and is directed toward its safe guarding or healing as an individual....
It is gravely opposed to the moral law when this is done with the thought of
possibly inducing an abortion, depending upon the results: a diagnosis must not
be the equivalent of a death sentence.' [CDF, Donum vitae I, 2.]"
2322. "From its conception, the child has the right to life. Direct
abortion, that is, abortion willed as an end or as a means, is a 'criminal'
practice (GS 27 # 3), gravely contrary to the moral law. The Church imposes the
canonical penalty of excommunication for this crime against human
MARY, MOTHER OF THE UNBORN by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you very much. I
beg you to spare the life of the unborn child that I have spiritually adopted
who is in danger of abortion. Amen.
BELIEFS & ISSUES
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