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Ethical Topics: Abortion

Abortion: background


The abortion debate asks whether it can be morally right to terminate a pregnancy before normal childbirth.

Some people think that abortion is always wrong. Some think that abortion is right when the mother's life is at risk. Others think that there is a range of circumstances in which abortion is morally acceptable.

Abortion: a Catholic viewpoint


Jeremiah 1:5, Galatians 1:15, Psalm 139:13, 16, Isaiah 44:2, Psalm 127:3, Job 12:10


To the barricades: anti-abortion bill protesters on the march in Ireland. informatique

The inalienable rights of the person must be recognised and respected by civil society and the political authority.

These human rights depend neither on single individuals nor on parents; nor do they represent a concession made by the society and the state; they belong to human nature and are inherent in the persons by virtue of the creative act from which the person took his origin.

Among such fundamental rights one should mention in this regard every human being's right to life...from the moment of conception until death.

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Abortion: other religious viewpoints