Absolutely No Exceptions
That's exactly the stand each of us is called to take; in fact, it is the only pro-life stance. Abortion is an intrinsic evil. It is evil by its very nature, and that evil is not altered by circumstances. To put it another way, if one lived for a
million years -- or forever -- and did nothing but try to imagine circumstances
that could justify a single abortion, one could never imagine one. It simply
does not exist.
Every abortion, no matter what
the circumstances, contradicts the law of God.
The circumstances in which a
child is conceived -- whether in love or by rape -- can never make an abortion
morally permissible. The circumstances in which the pregnancy advances --
whether with sickness or health -- can never justify the direct killing of a
child. Every child, starting at the single cell stage, is a human person.
The children conceived in rape and incest must have equal protection. The
children of mothers with medically complicated pregnancies must have equal
Our duty to these children is absolute, and admits of no exceptions. To say that
an abortion might sometimes be permissible is like saying an act of terrorism,
of child abuse, of rape, or of Satanism is sometimes permissible.
There is no Court, King,
Governor, President, Parliament, or Prince anywhere on earth or any time in
history who can issue any decision, decree or declaration that would justify
even a single abortion. When human lawmakers attempt to do so, the "law" that
results is not simply a bad law; it is, in fact, no law at all, and carries
neither authentic juridical validity nor any obligation to obey it.
But why, then, don’t we stop all
abortions today? What are we waiting for? Obviously there are limits to what we
can do. Every abortion is wrong. But as I dissuade one woman from doing it, many
other women don’t hear me. As I speak to one group, there are countless groups
not hearing me. And even if I blockade the door to an abortion clinic, what
about all the other clinics that are operating at the same time? Lawmakers are
not the only ones who face limits in how many babies they can protect today. We
Yet while we acknowledge
practical limitations, we can never limit the principle nor lose sight of the
goal. No abortion is permissible, and every child must be
Nor is it permissible for each
state to decide on its own whether or not to protect the lives of the unborn.
That makes no more sense than letting each state decide on whether to protect
the lives of the born!
Life can be confusing, and the
temptation to compromise with evil can be great. But the teaching about abortion
is as clear and direct as it can be, and is best summed up with one word: