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ABORTION IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH When Rape and Incest are Involved Mary a nice Italian girl from the Bridgeport area in Chicago is raped by her father one night after returning home to find him drunk and coming on to her She learns three weeks later that she is pregnant Completely petrified with nowhere to turn Mary goes to her church She sits down with her pastor and he quietly comforts her and tells her it will be all right She brings up the idea of having an abortion and he calmly excuses her from the office without discussing this idea He calls the life beginning to grow inside of her a baby and claims that baby needs not to be killed but to be loved What should Mary do She is carrying her fathers child and is told that this is OK and must be embraced In looking into the opinion the catholic church holds regarding abortions even cases of rape and incest I have found out that the church is adamantly against them However while researching I also found some interesting facts regarding practicing Catholics and thier views on this topic Interestingly enough the majority of Catholics that have been questioned on this topic were opposed to the churchs harsh rules and thoughts The angle that the church takes is molded from an idea of respect for human life All human life All human beings from their mothers womb belong to God who searches them and knows them who forms them and knits them together with his own hands who gazes on them when they are tiny shapeless embryos and already sees in them the adults of tomorrow The Gospel of Life 61 This idea suggests that all children are born into gods image and are created by god If this is true than i had to question whether or not
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