"The result of human procreation, from the first moment of its existence, must be guaranteed that unconditional respect which is morally due to the human being in his or her totality and unity as body and spirit."

Pope John Paul II: The Gospel of Life



Declaration on Procured Abortion Issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1974

On Combatting Abortion and Euthanasia John Paul II, 1991

Teachings of the Magisterium on Abortion A couple of dozen decuments and letters

Abortion National Conference of Catholic Bishops webpage

Faithful For Life Approved by the Bishops' Pro-Life Activities Committee in June 1995

What's Wrong with Abortion A Statement by the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference 1989

Civil Law and the Right to Life Statement by the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference 1995

The Obligations of Catholics and the Rights of Unborn Children Pastoral message of Bishop John J. Myers of Peoria, IL

For the Love of Life Pastoral letter of Bishop Sean P. O'Malley, OFM Cap., of Fall River, MA, October 2000

ELCA Abortion Statement 1991 statement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Moral and Spiritual Issues Raised by the Practice of Abortion From the Reformed Church in America


A Response to Amnesty International's Abortion Policy in Light of Mulieris Dignitatem By Jane F. Adolphe in Ave Maria Law Review, 2011

An Effort to Articulate a Catholic Realist Approach to Abortion By Susan J. Stabile in University of St. Thomas Law Journal, 2010

Evolutionary Ethics and the Natural Moral Law: A Test Case with Abortion By Glenn Siniscalchi in Quodlibet Online Journal of Christian Theology and Philosophy, 2009

Viability and the Law By the Heythrop Institute for Religion, Ethics and Public Life in Thinking Faith: The Online Journal of the English Jesuits, May 2008

Modesty and Moralism: Justice, Prudence, and Abortion - A Reply to Skeel and Stuntz By John M. Breen in Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Winter 2008

Abortion as Betrayal of Natural Dependants By Richard Stith, Valparaiso University School of Law, at “The Family: Searching for Fairest Love Conference” in the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, 2008

Family and Abortion in Mexico By Pedro Pallares, Universidad Panamericana School of Law, at “The Family: Searching for Fairest Love Conference” in the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, 2008

Can a Catholic Lawyer Represent a Minor Seeking a Judicial Bypass for an Abortion? A Moral and Canon Law Analysis By Larry Cunningham in Journal of Catholic Legal Studies, 2006

John Courtney Murray and the Abortion Debate By Susan J. Stabile, Professor of Law, St. John's University School of Law; Fellow, Vincentian Center for Church and Society; Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, New York University School of Law, 2005

Unraveling the Seamless Garment: Loose Threads in Pro-Life Progressivism By Susan Frelich Appleton in University of St. Thomas Law Journal, 2005

The Consistent Ethic of Life: A Proposal for Improving Its Legislative Grasp By Helen M. Alvare in University of St. Thomas Law Journal, 2005

Hindu Ethics on the Moral Question of Abortion By Edward Omar Moad, University of Missouri – Columbia, in Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics, 2004

Abortion, Bishops, Eucharist, and Politicians: A Question of Communion By Gregory C. Sisk and Charles J. Reid, Jr. See pages 259-262, 275-287. The Catholic Lawyer, 2004

Notes from the Underground: A Rabbinic Resister Reflects on the Era When Abortion Was a Crime in America By Simeon J. Maslin in Reform Judaism Online, Sprng 2003

Pro-Life, Anti-Death Penalty? By James R. Kelly and Christopher Kudlac in America, 2000

Abortion as a Sacramental Moment? The Misguided Morality of 'The Cider House Rules' By Paul W. McNellis in America, April 1, 2000

The Pro-Life, Pro-Choice Debate{ Confronting Real Differences with Respect -- and Hope By Marianne Arbogast in The Witness, April 2000

Buddhism and the Morality of Abortion By Michael G. Barnhart in the Journal of Buddhist Ethics, 1998

Abortion: What the Church Teaches By Helen Alvare in Catholic Update, 1998

Delayed Hominization (2): A Rejoinder to Thomas Shannon By Mark Johnson in Theological Studies, December 1997

Abortion: Whose Values? Whose Rights? By Helen Alvare, Marie C. Wilson, and Naomi Wolf, with response by Ellen Judith Reich in Tikkun, 1997

John Salvi, Abortion Clinic Violence, and Catholic Right Conspiracism By Chip Berlet, senior analyst, Political Research Associates, March 1996

Delayed Hominization: A Response to Mark Johnson By Thomas A. Shannon in Theological Studies, December 1996

Delayed Hominization, Reflections on Some Recent Catholic Claims for Delayed Hominization By Mark Johnson in Theological Studies, December 1995

Individuality, Personal Identity, and the Moral Status of the Preembryo: A Response to Mark Johnson By Jean Porter in Theological Studies, December 1995

The Doctrinal Weight of Evangelium Vitae By Francis A. Sullivan in Theological Studies, September 1995

Moral Methodology and Pastoral Responsiveness: The Case of Abortion and the Care of Children By Todd David Whitmore in Theological Studies, June 1993

The Embryo and the Fetus: New Moral Contexts By Lisa Sowle Cahill in Theological Studies, March 1993

Abortion and Creation: A Response for Communities of Faith By Ned Wisnefske in Word & World, 1991

Abortion Theologically Understood Stanley Hauerwas, professor of theological ethics at Duke University Divinity School, 1991

Buddhism and Abortion in Contemporary Japan: Mizuko Kuyo and the Confrontation with Death By Bardwell Smith in Japanese Journal of Religious Studies, 1988

Genesis and Abortion: An Exegetical Test of a Biblical Warrant in Ethics By William Kurz in Theological Studies, December 1986

The Churches' Response to Abortion By Roy J. Enquist in Word & World, 1985

Medicaid and Abortion By Richard A. McCormick in Theological Studies, December 1984

Abortion and the Duty to Preserve Life By John R. Connery in Theological Studies, June 1979

Reflections from the Old Testament on Abortion By Bruce K. Waltke, professor of Old Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 1976

Abortion and the Incarnation By Graham A.D. Scott, Minister of Noranda-Rouyn United Church, Noranda, Quebec, in Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, 1975

New Dimensions of Responsible Parenthood By Bernard Haring in Theological Studies, March 1976

Abortion, Animation, and Biological Hominization By James J. Diamond in Theological Studies, June 1975

A New Approach to the Abortion Problem By Louis Dupre in Theological Studies, September 1973

Fetal Development By Andre E. Hellegers in Theological Studies, March 1970

Religious Residues and Presuppositions in the American Debate on Abortion By George Hunston Williams in Theological Studies, March 1970

Immediate Animation and Delayed Hominization By Joseph F. Donceel in Theological Studies, March 1970

The Abortion Debate: An Epistemological Interpretation By John Giles Milhaven in Theological Studies, March 1970

The Wonder of Myself: Ethical-Theological Aspects of Direct Abortion By Joseph T. Mangan in Theological Studies, March 1970

The Jurisprudential Options on Abortion By Robert F. Drinan in Theological Studies, March 1970

Grisez on Abortion By John R. Connery in Theological Studies, March 1970

Catholic Moral Teaching and Abortion Laws in America By Robert F. Drinan in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1968

Past Church Teaching on Abortion By Richard A. McCormick in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1968

Abortion Charles Coppens, Catholic Encyclopedia, 1907


Abortion and Ethics Provides: 1. internet links relating to abortion; 2. survey of philosophical work on abortion; 3. summaries of recent articles on abortion; 4. discussion topics and term paper topics on abortion

Abortion access: All sides of the issue From the Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance. Definitions of terms. The Key Question: When does life become human life? Stages of Fetal Development. What Does the Bible say about abortion?Historical Beliefs of the Christian Church. What are American Public Opinions on Abortion?. Laws Restricting Abortion. D&X or Partial Birth Abortion. Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis. Fetal vs. Mother's Rights. Link Between Abortions and Breast Cancer. The "FACE" law. Some Facts and Opinions About Abortion: (abortion data, trends, post-abortion depression, RU-486 pill, clinic violence, does the fetus feel pain?, abortion for genetic reasons). How to Get Help if You Have a Crisis Pregnancy. Abortion Information Resources. Participate in a pro-life/pro-choice survey

World Abortion Policies, 1999 From the United Nations Population Division, Department for Economic and Social Information and Policy Analysis

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