Quick Lessons from the Catechism: Abortion (and the March for Life)

Today in Washington, D.C. thousands upon thousands will be standing up to fight for life and humanity as we commemorate the 42nd Anniversary of the tragic Supreme Court decision known as Roe v. Wade. The thousands of witnesses to the sacredness of human life won’t be marching with instruments of war, but protesting peacefully in prayer, song, and at times, in complete silence.

As one who has been blessed to attend the March for Life in the past, it is one of the magnificent displays of the human experience one can see, but of course we won’t hear about it in the media since those who “report” the news are fearful to show you what so many Americans know to be true – that human life is precious and should be protected at all costs.

Human embryo

There isn’t more to say on this topic since I have said it before in other blog posts (see the link above from 2014), but know this, the decision by the highest court in this land in 1972 has caused more grief, pain, anger, isolation, and depression for countless men and women than probably any other Supreme Court decision had before or since this dreadful day. Other than the scourge known as the Nazi Holocaust, this is the most barbaric practice the world has seen in recent memory.

Knowing that there will be a prolific number of Catholics at the March for Life today in our nation’s capitol, I found it fitting to quickly share with you what the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches on the atrocity known as Abortion –

From its conception, the child has the right to life. Direct abortion, that is, abortion willed as an end or as a means, is a “criminal” practice (GS 27, § 3), gravely contrary to the moral law. The Church imposes the canonical penalty of excommunication for this crime against human life. [#2322]

Because it should be treated as a person from conception, the embryo must be defended in its integrity, cared for, and healed like every other human being. [#2323]

For a complete understanding of the Catholic Church’s teaching on Abortion, please also read paragraphs 2270-2275.

Please feel free to share this blog post on your social media sites so that others may learn what the Church’s teaching is on Abortion.

To follow along with March for Life 2015, check out their website here.

However you commemorate this day, remember to pray for the End to Abortion, pray for the safety of the thousands walking the streets of Washington, D.C, and pray that those who see abortion as “healthcare” may have the blinders that cover their eyes, and their hearts, removed so that they will someday come to know the beauty and sacredness of human life.

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