Democrats always condemn faithful Catholics for strongly opposing abortion, while applauding CINOs like Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi for “courageously” ignoring their church’s clear teaching.
Democrats also love to cite the rarest and hardest cases as justification for their demand that abortion be legal at any time and for any reason.
So what does the RCC teach about the rarest and hardest cases? Are they truly the exceptions that so many otherwise anti-abortion Americans waffle over?
“The Church has consistently taught that every human life is precious and worthy of protection. Every intentional abortion is gravely wrong. In April 2018, Pope Francis wrote: ‘Our defense of the innocent unborn … needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development’. – Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exsultate, (Libreria Editrice Vaticana), 101.
“The Church does not approach difficult pregnancy decisions with a false ‘either/or’ mentality, pitting mother against child. For example, a baby conceived in rape is not an aggressor deserving death by abortion. She is innocent, like her mother. They both deserve compassionate care and support, not more violence. Abortion doesn’t bring healing or peace, but both can be found in the courageous decision to give birth to the baby.
“Today, many babies diagnosed prenatally with a disability are aborted. Frightened parents, unsure of their ability to care for such a child, can trust that God gave them this child for a reason. Parents raising children with disabilities often write about the unexpected joys and transformative effect on their families.
“Even when the disabilities are so severe that the baby is likely to die before or soon after birth, many parents who carried their children to term say that protecting their baby and honoring his or her natural life, no matter how brief, was profoundly healing.
“Very rarely, continuing a pregnancy may put a mother’s life at risk — for example, because of a tubal pregnancy or aggressive uterine cancer. It is morally licit to remove the threat to the mother’s life by removing the cancerous uterus or the fallopian tube where the child implanted, even though it is foreseeable that the child will die as an indirect and unintended result of such surgery. But abortion — a direct and intentional taking of a child’s life — is never morally permissible.”