EWTN Catholic Q&A
Abortion
Question from Mary Meinholz on 11-12-2012:

Where can I find Catholic documentation which teaches that abortion is wrong in all situations, including rape, incest, saving the life of a mother and/or her unborn child?

Answer by Judie Brown on 11-12-2012:

Mary

See this entry, a quote from Pope Pius XII from 1951, which is Catholic teaching:

“Every human being, even the infant in the mother’s womb, has the right to life immediately from God, not from the parent or any human society or authority. Therefore, there is no man, no human authority, no science, no medical, eugenic, social, economic or moral ‘indication’ that can show or give valid juridical title for direct deliberate disposition concerning an innocent human life – which is to say, a disposition that aims at its destruction either as an end in itself or as the means of attaining another end that is perhaps in no way illicit in itself. Thus, for example, to save the life of the mother is a most noble end, but the direct killing of the child as a means to this end is not licit …”

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