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What are the main arguments used by Christian pro-lifers to justify their stance against abortion?

Let's consider 6 effective points of emphasis: Humanize the human. If the preborn human being is recognized as a human person, rather than an inconsequential clump of cells, violence against that ...
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What is the Catholic Church's answer to Nancy Pelosi's argument of a double standard between abortion and the death penalty?

Cardinal Ratzinger, Worthiness to Receive Holy Communion: General Principles: Not all moral issues have the same moral weight as abortion and euthanasia. For example, if a Catholic were to be at odds ...
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Is abortion okay, if the mother's life is at risk, according to Catholicism?

In Catholic morality, abortion is always wrong. Another principle is that intention is primary: it's about saving lives. When in saving the mother's life and reasonable care has been done for the ...
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How did Christians respond to abortion in the early Church?

There were church commandments against it, and from the earliest times. The Didache, i.e. the earliest Christian catechetical document (and contemporaneous with the Gospels, probably earlier than A.D....
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Is abortion okay, if the mother's life is at risk, according to Catholicism?

Is abortion ok if the mother's life is at risk according to Catholicism? Generally speaking, the short answer is no, unless the surgery would be absolutely necessary and the death of the infant would ...
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What is an overview of Christian arguments against the "unconscious violinist" analogy used to support abortion in the case of rape?

I will begin by observing that the answer to this question is a logical and philosophical one, hence it does not depend on a particular religion or denomination. It is human nature itself that demands ...
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What is the Catholic Church's answer to Nancy Pelosi's argument of a double standard between abortion and the death penalty?

The Catholic Church's stance on the death penalty, as on many other issues, is not static. Cardinal Ratzinger, known as a conservative scholar (which earned him applause from conservatives and ...
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What are the main arguments used by Christian pro-lifers to justify their stance against abortion?

The biblical arguments center on God talking about the fetus in the mother's womb as a known person. It starts way back in Genesis. And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two ...
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What are the main arguments used by Christian pro-lifers to justify their stance against abortion?

Simply look to science: Hippocrates was a physician noted for separating medicine and religion, believing that disease has physical origins, not because of demons or divine punishment. Despite being ...
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According to Catholic doctrine, is every woman that has an abortion automatically going to hell?

The woman has committed a very grave evil, in that she is complicit in the death of an innocent human being. How much of that evil can be "imputed" to her, that is, treated as "her ...
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Does Roman Catholic doctrine recognize a moral distinction or difference between abortion and birth control?

Yes, there is a difference. On the matter of abortion, the Catechism and Canon Law is explicit. It is a grave offence with instant excommunication. The penalty applies to everyone involved, including ...
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Does the RCC view 'prevention of ovulation' in the same light as 'abortion'?

"Morning-after pills" prevent conception if it hasn't occurred already or prevent implantation into the uterine wall if conception has occurred. In the latter case, they're abortifacient, ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, is it a sin to vote for pro-choice politicians?

Yes, if the candidate was voted for because they were pro-abortion Pope Benedict XVI (formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) succinctly summed up the Catholic Church's teachings in the memorandum "...
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What are the main arguments used by Christian pro-lifers to justify their stance against abortion?

I don't really see the need for long complicated arguments. Anti-abortion advocates (whether Christian or otherwise) are arguing from a single axiom: An unborn baby is a person That's basically it. If ...
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Given a 2% rate of ectopic pregnancies, the 0% live birth rate and high maternal fatality rate, how is preventing abortion moral?

Outlawing abortion would not and does not in any country outlaw an operation to save the life of the mother in the case of ectopic pregnancies or any other non-viable pregnancies. A therapeutic ...
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According to Roman Catholicism, is it a sin to vote for pro-choice politicians?

Catholicism does not keep a comprehensive list of what does and does not constitute a sin; there are too many actions with moral consequence to allow for such a list. Although the Catechism of the ...
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How have commentators historically viewed the death of the fetus in Exodus 21?

Many commentators throughout church history have addressed this issue, though not all of them have done so while specifically citing or quoting the passage in question. Thus, for example, we can't ...
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Does Numbers 5:11-22 describe sanctioned abortion?

It is not about abortion, it's about Jealousy and the Lord acting as a witness in trials that otherwise had none. Note that the NIV is the only translation to use the word 'miscarriage' (see Numbers ...
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How did Christians respond to abortion in the early Church?

Since apostolic times the Church has been opposed to abortion and contraception. The following sources from the early Church are given in Brian Clowes's Facts of Life (2nd ed.) PDF pp. 866-7. I've ...
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How best for a Christian to explore the ethics of a Covid-19 vaccine that might use farmed cell-lines from aborted foetuses?

This is a matter of conscience, quite clearly. I well know how these matters may be viewed by the ungodly as I was disciplined in a certain company many years ago (final written warning on the first ...
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Is using medication derived from tissue of aborted fetuses compatible with Catholic teaching?

Is using medication or vaccines derived from tissue of aborted fetuses compatible with Catholic teaching? The short answer is no, but it is a little more complicated than a simple one word answer. ...
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According to Catholicism, is it sinful to physically harm abortion doctors to prevent them from performing abortions?

Ends do not justify means. It is never permissible to do evil so that good may come about: "let us not do evil that there may come good" (Rom. 3:8). Sin sometimes must be tolerated in order ...
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According to the Catholic Church, does abortion need to be confessed, and is it a mortal or venial sin?

I'm going to disagree slightly with Andrew Leach on this one. As far as excommunication: since you obviously weren't a member of the Church at the time, excommunication is obviously impossible. The ...
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Which denominations allow abortions, and why?

Protestant Denominations Wikipedia states that Protestant denominations that support abortion rights include the United Church of Christ, the United Methodist Church, the Episcopalian Church, and the ...
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Are politicians who are integral to passing pro-abortion laws automatically excommunicated from the Catholic Church?

Excommunication is not exactly the same as recognizing grave matter. Excommunications can't simply be overturned by going to confession. A politician who votes for evil laws, like expanding people'...
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How are ectopic pregnancies supposed to be dealt with according to the Catholic Church?

The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) is a voluntary association of Catholic hospitals. In 2014, Ron Hamel, the senior ethicist for the CHA, published an article on their website ...
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How best for a Christian to explore the ethics of a Covid-19 vaccine that might use farmed cell-lines from aborted foetuses?

I wish to know both ethical considerations involved and how to identify which Covid-19 vaccinations might have such ethically questionable ‘ingredients'. How to identify The Pro-Life Charlotte Lozier ...
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On what basis does the Catholic Church oppose penalisation of women guilty of abortion?

Canon Law already punishes Catholics involved in abortion with automatic (latæ sententiæ) excommunication: Can. 1398 A person who procures a completed abortion incurs a latæ sententiæ ...
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