Marriage, Family and Respect Life: Abortion

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babySince 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 trauma of abortion. 


Learn More


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 Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has an incredible wealth of resources. is a project of the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA), conducted in collaboration with legal experts. Through it is our intention to present accurately what the U.S. Supreme Court said and did in Roe v. Wade, Doe v. Bolton and related cases, and to explain why Roe and Doe are fundamentally erroneous decisions that must be corrected through appropriate Court or legislative action. 

Priests for Life
 - Fr. Frank Pavone, an international pro-life leader, runs this outstanding pro-life organization.  A great resource!

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Get Help


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 Center
Steubenville, Ohio 
24 Hour Helpline 740-283-3636

Women's Care Center
Parkersburg, WV
800.595.7113 or 304.485.7113
Pregnancy Resource Center of Athens County
Athens, Ohio
Text: 591.CARE

Find Healing


Project Rachel is a ministry of hope and healing for those who have been involved in abortion. Women (and men) often carry the burden of abortion for years and even decades. They feel shame, regret, loss, despair, etc. But healing and forgiveness are available! 


If you or someone you love is in need of healing from abortion, please contact us!
Confidential Phone Line: 740-275-7038