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Women contemplating abortion should
consider the following:
Abortion will not solve your problem.
If you are pregnant, you are already a
Abortion may leave you with serious physical
and emotional problems. Click
Abortion is undoable - it is the brutal
killing of your own child within you.
Your situation is not hopeless. You do not
need to have an abortion.
Many people are out there waiting, willing,
and anxious help you. (Scroll down or click
here for more information)
If you have an abortion, you prevent your baby
from receiving Baptism and you risk your own eternal soul.
You wouldn't dream of deliberately killing
your child if you could carry him or her your arms right this moment,
so why even consider killing him or her now?
Making another mistake will not solve your
current problems, but will only add to them.
you take a few moments to consider what other women who have already had
abortions have to say?
testimonies of women who have had abortions have been titled...
"Nobody said it would hurt so
"Something died inside me that
"I can never have those 2 children I
"You never fully
"I have spent 19 years regretting and resenting the
had 20 years of intermittent hell on earth"
"I'd rather have 12 kids than
"I've never known a feeling so
"Every time the vacuum was
used I thought about how my baby died"
"I murdered a part of
"Abortion is not the
"There is no second
"I saw my
baby in pieces..."
'tissue' had arms, legs, and felt pain"
am now 66 years old and childless"
"The feeling of the loss of a child
will always be there"
"They didn't give me any other
grieve and it's been over 10 years"
"They had left over half the baby in
"You have to tell other girls that the pain never goes
carefully think about the advice of other women who have had abortions.
It has been said that "most
mothers eventually regret their abortions and often suffer permanent
physical and/or emotional injury." Clearly, abortion is not an
'easy solution' - there are many negative, long term consequences.
you willing to risk your relationship? (As many as 70% of couples'
relationships may end within one month of an abortion.)
you willing to risk sterility? (As many as 1 in 10 women who have an
abortion may end up permanently sterile.)
you willing to risk breast cancer? (Abortion may increase your risk
by as much as 50%, whereas carrying to term may actually reduce your
risk of breast cancer.)
you willing to suffer various possible complications (e.g.
infection, cervical incompetence, scarring, hysterectomy,
perforation of the uterus, second degree burns, chronic abdominal
you willing to put future pregnancies at risk? (Women who have had
an abortion may be more likely to experience miscarriages, stillbirths, premature deliveries, low birth weights, infant deaths,
labor complications, etc.)
you willing to risk your future health? (Abortion may be associated
with breast cancer, liver cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer,
as well as overall lower health and psychological problems.)
you willing to offend God by killing the child made in His image?
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Pro-lifers argue that there is no beneficial effect to the body from an
abortion, that it is always negative. They point to the "health
risks that may result from unnatural disruption of hormonal changes that
accompany pregnancy". They warn of the many serious and painful
physical and emotional complications of abortion and point out that
abortion is dangerous and may even cause of death of the mother. They
point out that abortions may affect a woman's entire life, even if she
"wanted" the abortion at the time she had it. Pro-lifers also
try to show the mother that the child is really a human (click
here for more information) and is fully capable of feeling the painful
abortion procedure (click
here for more information).
killing one's child isn't a solution to one's problems. Thankfully,
however, there is help for pregnant women.
The good news is that there is help for
you! Your situation is not hopeless! There are people waiting,
willing, and anxious help you.
the media presentation of pro-lifers as caring only about the unborn,
those in the pro-life movement care equally about the mothers. They want
to help you and the child. There is so much help out there that
you might even be amazed what others will do for you. There are
literally thousands of organizations and volunteers who will go to extraordinary
efforts to help you through this difficult time. They understand how
difficult this is for you and what problems you may be encountering.
They know your situation is very trying, but not hopeless. They are
willing to help you with all aspects of your pregnancy, even providing
material help to you and your baby. Whether you will raise your baby or
entrust it to the loving arms of adoptive parents, they will help you.
They will provide material and emotional support, understanding, and
has been said that most women who had abortions would have carried their
children to term if they had support (one survey showed this to be true
in 91% of cases). The fact is that you DO have support! Even if
it doesn't come directly from your immediate family or friends, your
wider human family is there to help you. You know that if you have a
problem it means that you need help. It does not mean that you should
kill. Killing a child is no way to solve your problems. Killing your
child will not help you. As one mother who had an abortion said,
"Abortion doesn't make the baby go
away, it just makes a dead baby". As other said, "Women have been
is true that powerful 'pro-choice' (really pro-abortion) forces want you
to kill your baby. They make a living off of it! Not only do they make a
profit from the abortion procedure, but they may make even more from
selling your aborted fetus (click
here for more information). They are not really interested in
helping you personally and they are definitely not interested in helping
your child. All they want to do is have you kill it. To this end, they
will use deceptive terminology (click
here for more information) and may even provide you with
here for more information).
may even be fooled by their arguings for a little while, but you will
not be fooled forever. If you have an abortion, you will one day realize
that you killed your own child and that there is no going back. You may
realize this right away (as some do) or later on. You may realize it as
the doctor removes the fetus and then refers to your "blob of
tissue" as "he", you may realize it when you see the
swelling wombs of other pregnant women, you may realize it when you see
fetal development pictures of small but fully formed humans only a few
weeks old, you may realize it when you see images of aborted children
with torn limbs, mangled bodies, and crushed skulls, you may realize
when you find out that you will never have children (sterility in women
who have had abortions is not uncommon).
If it is true that now is not a good time for you to
raise a child, do not despair; there is still a loving solution
available to you. Thousands and
thousands of caring mothers have entrusted their children to the loving arms
of adoptive parents. Your child may then be raised by two parents who
are ready and anxious to raise the child and love it as much as if it
was their very own, looking after it as tenderly as you would if you
were able to do so yourself. (Click
here for more information)
see, there is a solution for you, no matter how hopeless things may seem
now. Remember that this time will pass. Years from now, you will know
that you have made either a loving decision or a decision that may
injure and haunt you for your entire life. Since you are already
pregnant, you are already a mother. You will either give birth to a live
baby or secure the death of your already existing baby. In your heart,
you must know that killing babies is not a solution to your problems, no
matter how dire they may seem.
that there is help for you, that you do not have to be
alone. Many, many people are willing and ready to help both you and your
baby. If you need assistance with an 'untimely pregnancy', contact your
local Catholic parish or diocese. (Of course, you may call them for help
even if you are not Catholic or if you have not been practicing your
faith.) Don't be afraid to seek help. People really want to help
you. And who knows, someday you may be the one helping others.
a woman of faith, you must know that we
are made in the image and likeness of God. If you have an abortion, you
would be ordering the direct killing of a human being made in God's image.
Also, remember what Christ said "...whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for
me." (Mt. 25:40). Christ also tells us that, "Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent
me" (Lk. 9:48). Remember that a child is created at the moment of
conception, complete with an eternal soul. The child is no more human
after birth than it was while still in the womb.
if you feel shame because of the circumstances of your pregnancy, know
that abortion will not solve your problem, but will greatly
offend God. If you have an abortion you will be killing the child made
in His image. That will certainly not make feelings of shame go away,
but will greatly increase your guilt before God. If you have sinned, the
answer is repentance, not committing another sin to try to cover up a
hesitate not to think about your final judgment. Do
you really want to meet the awesome Judge and have to explain why you
thought it would be okay
to kill your child? Despite that fact that the Church has always
considered abortion a grave sin and that Holy Scripture condemns the
killing of the innocent, do you really expect Christ to say, "That's okay,
I didn't mind your killing that one, I know it would have been really
inconvenient (or embarrassing) for you"? If the saints tremble at the thought of
their judgment, if the Holy Scripture tells us that killing the innocent
merits eternal punishment, how can such positions possibly be tenable?
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