Is abortion allowed for Catholics? For a 10-year-old rape victim? – Catholic Telegraph


“What a young woman needs in such a situation is the support of her family and friends, and the reassurance that ‘we can get through this together,'” he said. “What she really needs is the love, hope and compassion that sustains anyone facing uncertainty about their own future.”

Support, he says, can make all the difference.

“Young women who have had to walk this difficult road, when generously supported by family and friends, often remember what happened and express their relief that they were not given the opportunity to destroy their own child as a result of sexual assault,” he said.

He referred to the recent story by Kathy Barnette, who ran unsuccessfully as a Republican candidate for the Pennsylvania Senate in 2022. Barnette was conceived as a result of a rape when her mother, Mamie Jo, was just 11 years old. Grandma Jo chose life.

Pacholczyk emphasized that the child in the womb is innocent.

“By promoting post-rape abortion, we are also hitting the wrong target,” he said. “The child in the womb did not perpetrate the sexual assault and should not be treated as if he did.”

“Rather than targeting an innocent bystander, we should target the man who perpetrated the assault,” he concluded. “If no effort is made to identify and apprehend the abuser, who may sometimes be a family member or relative, an abortion may end up clearing the way for the abuser to ‘cover their tracks’ and continue to abuse a minor who should instead be provided with security and protection from further abuse.

What about ectopic pregnancies and cases where a woman’s life is in danger?

A Catholic woman is allowed to undergo life-saving treatment – even if it means her unborn baby will indirectly die as a result of the treatment, according to the guidelines of the US bishops. The intent and action here is to save the mother’s life. It is not a question of ending the life of one’s baby by abortion or “directly intentional termination of pregnancy”.

“Operations, treatments and medicines which have the direct aim of curing a proportionally serious medical condition of a pregnant woman are permitted when they cannot be safely postponed until the unborn child be viable, even if they lead to the death of the child. unborn child, the guidelines read.

Bishops also deal with ectopic, or ectopic, pregnancies that put the mother’s life at risk.

“In the event of an ectopic pregnancy, no intervention is morally licit which constitutes a direct abortion,” the guidelines state.

Instead, for ectopic pregnancies, Catholic medical experts agree that women can have a partial salpingectomy, which involves removing part of the fallopian tube where the unborn baby is located, the National Catholic Register reports. The intent and direct action is to remove damaged tissue, not to end the life of an unborn baby.

According to American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, “The continuation of such a pregnancy cannot lead to the survival of a baby.”

In other situations, the guidelines state that labor can be induced for a “proportionate reason” once the unborn baby is viable.

Can Catholic hospitals abort?

The bishops’ guidelines emphasize that Catholic healthcare facilities should not provide, or in any way assist in providing, abortion procedures. However, the bishops add, Catholic health workers should provide help and comfort to women who suffer after an abortion.


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