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

Has the Catholic Church Always Condemned Abortion?

Almost everyone knows that the Catholic Church opposes abortion.  However, few are aware of the long and rich history of the Church’s reverence and respect for human life, and fewer still can explain exactly why the Church cannot change her teachings on abortion. This article will address a number of common questions regarding the teachings . . . 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