A Catholic Perspective on the Recent Abortion Battle


As states continue working to pass laws safeguarding women’s reproductive rights through abortion, others are striving to protect life in its earliest stages. An epic battle between good and evil is happening again.

Calling for Conversion

Dr. Bernard Nathanson, the co-founder of NARAL, once wrote the following in the Hand of God:

“I have aborted the unborn children of my friends, colleagues, casual acquaintances, even teachers. Yes, you may ask me…[W]hat did you feel? Did you not feel sad — not only because you had extinguished the life of an unborn child, but, more, because you had destroyed your own child? I swear to you that I had no feelings aside from the sense of accomplishment, the pride of expertise. On inspecting the contents of the bag I felt only the satisfaction of knowing that I had done a thorough job. You pursue me: You ask if perhaps for a fleeting moment or so I experienced a flicker of regret, a microgram of remorse? No and no. And that, dear reader, is the mentality of the abortionist: another job well done, another demonstration of the moral neutrality of advanced technology in the hands of the amoral” (pp.60-61).

This depiction of an abortionist is frightening. Their refusal to acknowledge the evil that transpires is unconscionable. By the grace of God, Dr. Nathanson experienced a conversion. He later entered the Catholic Church and spent the remainder of his life fighting for the unborn. He embraced a culture of life and revealed to the world, once and for all, the horrible truth about abortion.

Following the Leader

Companies, organizations, and even celebrities are threatening (or strongly considering) a boycott when it comes to doing business with states that pass laws protecting the unborn. Personally, I find this as genuine as when individuals vow to leave the country following an election… But never do. If we have learned anything from our society, it is that we should always be critical of what we see and ever more doubtful of what we hear.

Compare this to the recent proclamation made by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki (bishop of Springfield, IL). Bishop Paprocki demonstrates a more legitimate practice worth supporting and emulating. This sends the correct message and creates a clear method for dealing with those who vie to promote this scandal in our Church. May his words and actions continue to echo far and wide.

Rising Above the Fear

Many are accustomed to hearing the usual rhetoric favoring abortion, from “My body. My choice”, to “Abortion is healthcare”, to “All children should be wanted.” This compilation of inaccurate and misleading talk is carefully selected to fit a sinister narrative. The goal is to conjure up disturbing emotions leading to despair, rather than moments of empowerment leading to faith, hope, and love.

The pro-life movement is above scare tactics. Abortion rights activists, however, exploit these in reprehensible fashion to push their agenda. They capitalize on the horrors of rape, incest, and other aspects of sexual violence to misrepresent pregnancy as a form of punishment or perpetual trauma. They portray a grim future filled with welfare, foster homes, abuse, poverty, and crime.

Getting the Facts Straight

The fact is a pregnancy is a blessing and it can also bring hope and healing to women, even those who were victims of sexual assault. The following excerpt acclaims this:

“What are the options in the case of rape?

Really there are three: abortion, raising the child yourself, or adoption. My mother didn’t choose to conceive me but she did choose to birth me. She chose not to raise me, but gave me the perfect forever family.

She didn’t see my first steps, but she allowed me to walk.

She didn’t hear my first words, but she gave me a voice.

She may not have taught me to read, but she enabled me to get an education.

She may not have told anyone about me, but I will tell everyone about her.

About her bravery. About her sacrifice. About her choice for life. You see, an inexplicable wrong was done to her, something I’m sure she would rather just forget. Yet rather than pass on violence, she chose to birth beauty from the pain, life from violence, and hope from terror.”

Regretting the Acts of Emotion

One should never act solely based on emotion but carefully examine the situation. Take, for example, Luke’s Gospel, where Jesus healed the high priest’s ear after it was struck by the sword of one of His followers. The anger was justified, but Christ’s act of healing demonstrated that temperance was warranted (Luke 22:50-51). Emotion is rarely viewed as a ‘good’ reason to justify behavior. Admitting that one’s emotions got the better of them often accompanies regret.

I have listened to many women discussing their abortion(s). I have heard them voice their regret. I also recall hearing them say that they never had a choice; only pressure to abort. Ultimatums? Yes. Choices? Never. To say that the abortion issue is about choice is a misnomer. The abortion issue is about coercion. It trivializes the dignity and purpose of the unborn child for the sake of convenience.

Seeing and Believing

Advancements in technology and medicine are contributing to infant survival despite early births. This is changing the way many see the unborn. One can credit this to the efforts of numerous individuals. However, there is also a power of the Divine at work.

In John’s Gospel, Thomas doubted that Jesus appeared to his brother apostles. He wanted proof. Jesus presented Himself as evidence. Thomas was astonished at what he experienced and said, “My Lord and my God,” (John 20:28). Jesus responded, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” (John 20:29). Pro-lifers have always believed and their witness is a tremendous blessing.

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6 thoughts on “A Catholic Perspective on the Recent Abortion Battle”

  1. Thank you for your comment, MORGANB. The options presented in the quote are “abortion, raising the child yourself, and adoption.” (These are based on the excerpt, but are accurate.) Furthermore, each will have a profound effect on the life of the mother (and her child). Therefore both must be taken into account. Allow me to expand more based on your comment/question.

    The fact that you chose to include the rape of a “14 year old daughter… by a maniac serial rapist criminal” only contributes to the fact being made in the article. The level of emotion is often the catalyst to validate the abortion. (The more sinister, the more emotion that will ensue, and the more justifiable the abortion seems.) It is as if both events are equal, which they are not. (I do not question passion, but must render judgement on the logic when it is inconsistent.) The conception/pregnancy is not a punishment for the rape. Even if the rape contributed to conception, the child was not responsible. This is not painting with a broad brush. This is simple logic. Tell me what the child did wrong and why he/she deserves death? Also, women who abort do not fair as well as one may think.

    I am going to assume that your final question deals with a doctors advice to abort? First off, doctors’s are not fortune tellers. They possess knowledge regarding a patient’s health, but they do not have all the answers. Parents have been told that their child would have a particular condition, but it was never noticed following birth. Was this a miracle or a misdiagnosis? Even if a child were correctly diagnosed? Does their life now have less meaning? Does this mean we can judge who deserves to live and who does not based on ‘thinking’? This is dangerous road…

    The Pro-Life cause never inflicts judgement, harm, or evil on a mother or her child; only compassion, mercy, and justice. Lives matter. All of them.

  2. Great column.

    “Emotion is rarely viewed as a ‘good’ reason to justify behavior.”

    That statement cannot be emphasized enough.

    And what a beautiful excerpt.

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  4. “What are the options in the case of rape? Why is the life of the mother not included in this article? If my 14 year old daughter were raped by a maniac serial rapist criminal and became pregnant, what would you expect her to do? You cannot paint with a broad brush on this life changing event. I treat ever pregnancy with respect. If the mother relies on her doctor’s advice what more can be said?

    1. The doctor’s advice?

      Same doctor who will do the abortion?

      How is a terrible situation served well by a horrific solution?

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