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 trama 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 Secretairat for Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has an incredible wealth of resources.  

EndRoe.org is a project of the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment (NCHLA), conducted in collaboration with legal experts. Through EndRoe.org 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!

The National Catholic Bioethics Center

Stem Cell Facts
 
 
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 CenterSteubenville, Ohio 
Website
Email
24 Hour Helpline 740-283-3636

Women's Care Center
Parkersburg, WV
Website
Email
800.595.7113 or 304.485.7113

Pregnancy Resource Center of Athens County
Athens, Ohio
Website
Email
740.592.4700
Text: 591.CARE
 
 
Find Healing

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 aimhelpcenter@sbcglobal.net.

 

Project Rachel also offers hope and healing from abortion: