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August 17, 2017
Respect for Unborn Human Life: The Church’s Constant Teaching - US Bishops
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Fact sheet by the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities. Click here to print as a PDF.

 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Since 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” (No. 2271). 

 

In response to those who say this teaching has changed or is of recent origin, here are the facts:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information:  Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Declaration on Procured Abortion (1974), nos. 6-7; John R. Connery, S.J., Abortion: The Development of the Roman Catholic Perspective (1977); Germain Grisez, Abortion: The Myths, the Realities, and the Arguments (1970), Chapter IV; U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, On Embryonic Stem Cell Research (2008); Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae (1995), nos. 61-2.

 

Source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops