This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Abortion

Abortion is another intrinsically evil act[1] that is, nonetheless, frequently defended on the grounds that to commit it in certain situations in necessary and therefore permissible. But the Church has always insisted that human life retains its dignity, regardless of whether or not it is too young or too old to defend this dignity for itself. This is why abortion and euthanasia are often condemned in the same sentence, because both acts prey upon life in its extremes: “the direct interruption of the generative process already begun and, above all, all direct abortion, even for therapeutic reasons, are to be absolutely excluded as lawful means of regulating the number of children.”[2] Here again, as a reminder and in order to refute those who choose to absolutize the rights of man, it needs to be said that “[j]ust as man does not have unlimited dominion over his body in general, so also, and with more particular reason, he has no such dominion over his specifically sexual faculties, for these are concerned by their very nature with the generation of life, of which God is the source.”[3] One does not “own” his or her own body, much less is permissible to deal violently with a human life nourished within it. And so John XXIII remind us: “Human life is sacred—all men must recognize that fact. From its very inception it reveals the creating hand of God.”[4]

[1] VS, 80.

[2] HV, 14.

[3] HV, 13.

[4] MM, 194.

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