Can Catholics Apply the Principle of Probabilism to Abortion Decisions?

Some baptized Catholics who support abortion use a distorted understanding of Church teaching on the “primacy” of conscience to support their views. They also frequently misrepresent theological principles regarding Catholic sexual ethics.  One of the most common abuses involves probabilism, which simply means that, if a definitive judgment has not yet been rendered by the . . . Read more

Why Do Pro-Lifers Compare Abortion to the Holocaust?

The similarities between the Nazi and abortion Holocausts go far deeper than a high body count. There are many points of similarity between the Holocausts: Deceptive language Ideology formed by doctors The speed of the murders Philosophical justification   Resistance to the “Abortion vs. Holocaust” Analogy Pro-choice adherents usually object when pro-lifers refer to an . . . Read more

The Abortion Hard Cases

Most people believe access to abortion should be limited. But how limited? Is abortion okay to save the mother, or after rape or incest, or in cases of severe fetal deformities?   #1. Is abortion okay to save the life or health of the mother? Because of advances in medicine, there are currently no maternal medical . . . Read more

Isn’t Abortion Protected by the Constitution?

Abortion is not a constitutional right according to the strict text of the Constitution, but it has been justified as a constitutional right under the Fourth Amendment’s protection of privacy. In short, the constitutional right to abortion is found not in the Constitution itself, but in a loose reading of it. This constitutional argument is . . . Read more

What is Historical Church Teaching on Contraception?

“Contraception cannot be an expression of total self‑giving, because in contraception, something is done to oneself to destroy the power to conceive a child.  That same selfishness that wants to prevent the child by contraception will grow until it wants to kill the child already conceived.  We must fight selfishness with a true, generous and . . . Read more

Can We Use Our Consciences on Contraception?

Surveys in many countries consistently show that most Catholics believe that decisions of conscience about contraception rightfully belong with those who must bear and rear children.  The legitimacy of teaching requires that it be embraced by the faithful. Your teaching has no such legitimacy.  It is a marginalized minority view in our church, defended largely . . . Read more