Marriage, Family and Respect Life: Abortion
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.
- Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2271
The Catholic Church has always held that direct abortion is a grave violation of God's Law. Science has proven that human life begins at the moment of conception. From the moment of conception a new human being comes into existence, genetically distinct from father or mother. Our faith teaches us that this new human life must be protected and nourished as the image of God.
As Christians we have a moral obligation to oppose this grave evil. We also have a serious duty to reach out in love and support of those who are considering abortion and those who have already experienced the trama of abortion.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church addresses abortion here.
Pope Blessed John Paul II's landmark encyclical The Gospel of Life offers many insights on abortion and the need to build a culture of life.
The website of the Secretairat for Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has an incredible wealth of resources.
Priests for Life - Fr. Frank Pavone, an international pro-life leader, runs this outstanding pro-life organization. A great resource!
OptionLine is a national network that connects women in need with local crisis pregnancy centers.
Pregnancy Centers operating in or around the Diocese of Steubenville include ...
AIM Women’s CenterSteubenville, Ohio
24 Hour Helpline 740-283-3636
Women's Care Center
800.595.7113 or 304.485.7113
Find healing and peace after an abortion through a local Rachel’s Vineyard retreat. Learn more at on their website. For events in our area please contact Sharon Maedke at 740-283-3636 (24 hour helpline) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project Rachel also offers hope and healing from abortion: