“Thou shalt not give any of thy seed to be consecrated to the idol Moloch, nor defile the name of thy God: I am the Lord.”
These are the words of Leviticus 18, the same chapter which speaks of homosexuality, incest and bestiality. Naturally due to the nature of this unpleasant reality, Canaanite parents sometimes offered tiny children and perhaps even unborn children to their god Moloch because at infancy they are too weak to fight back.
In the late 1st or early 2nd century we already see a clear reference to abortion being condemned. The Didache — often called the Teaching of the Twelve Apostles — states, “‘Thou shalt do no murder; . . . thou shalt not procure abortion, nor commit infanticide” (2:2). Again it is repeated, “Thou shalt not slay the child by procuring abortion” (Epistle of Saint Barnabas 19:5). Then again it says those “were the accursed who conceived and caused abortion” (Apocalypse of Saint Peter 25).
It has always been understood that aborting a fetus which comes from an old Latin term for offspring, thus signifying that the fetus is an already living human being, is going directly against God’s commandment, “You shall not kill.” Yet abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood want to hide this fact simply by terminology and whitewashing what good it will do for the woman. Besides the fact that some women have received side effects from abortion surgeries and abortificients such as cancer, many women suffer from depression after having an abortion. Of course it also leads to spiritual damage.
So, what if you had an abortion or you know somebody who has had one? It is not too late. Like any sin, healing needs to take place; consolidation must occur and the Church has to be compassionate with those who have had an abortion especially if it was because they were scared due to financial difficulties or fear of domestic violence or rape. These cases do not justify an abortion, but they lessen their guilt and require more compassion from the rest of us. Many women who had abortions have been healed through repentance and the compassion of Christians. Jane Roe, who brought about the infamous Roe v Wade decision, had an abortion and later converted to Catholicism and is now a major advocate for life.
What if you are thinking of having an abortion or know somebody who does? Know that there are alternatives to abortion which are morally sound. Abortion “doctors” won’t mention these because they won’t make money. Putting the child up for adoption or getting financial help from somebody or some group are possible. Here is some information: http://www.priestsforlife.org/crisis.html.
So, what about when a pregnancy is life-threatening? Less than 1% of pregnancies are a danger to the mother’s life, yet this seems to be a driving force behind abortion on demand. The Church has accepted a certain surgery which saves the mother’s life in an ectopic pregnancy, but if it is certain the child’s life cannot be saved and there is no direct interference with the fetus’ life, but this might be discussed in depth later.
Here is an inspiring and uplifting short video; two women reportedly changed their minds and decided to spare their children.
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