Is abortion a form of "angel making"?

This is a serious theological question.

Some (not many here, of course) will say that all children who end their lives before the Age of Reason are destined by the Triune God for Paradise, regardless of whether they have been sacramentally Baptized or not, which would include those children who perish in the womb from the murder of abortion.

If the above is true, would abortion, in a sense, be a “de facto” sacrament (small “s”)? Of course, Baptism, as a Sacrament, not only confers grace but contains grace as well. However, if we have moral certitude that God will always sanctify a child in the womb, cleansing that child’s soul of original sin, then abortion, an intrinsic evil, would always result in an intrinsic good, another soul for Heaven and one, having been created in the image of God, which would be immune from any possibility of mortal sin, and hence, eternal Hell.

So, can it be said that abortion, an intrinsic evil, always results in something which is an intrinsic good, if the souls of children never end this life in original sin?


  1. Angels are not humans. They are a completely different entity. We never become angels, we stay human, our souls are human souls. At the end of time, we will be reunited with our bodies, and for those in heaven it will be a glorified version of their body.

  2. Sacraments are "Sacraments are outward signs of inward grace, instituted by Christ for our sanctification (Catechismus concil. Trident., n. 4, ex St. Augustine, “De Catechizandis rudibus”).

  3. There is nothing holy, or sanctifying about abortion. Abortion is evil. The idea that the baby turns into an angel is incorrect.

A Sacrament is an “efficacious signs of grace, instituted by Christ and entrusted to the Church”. To begin with, instituted by Christ!

Abortion is defined in CCC 2272 as a “crime against human life”.

Nobody will say that unbaptized children are destined to Paradise…we may argue that we all have a predestination to heaven, but the intrinsic freedom that God grants each of us means that there is nothing certain on where we will end.

We also know that everyone is born without sanctifying grace - that’s the point of Baptism - so there is no certitude, and from a logical standpoint, the child without sanctifying grace may not be admitted to the presence of God. But there is a great trust in that God will perform for these innocents an act of divine mercy that will be above His divine justice, cleansing by His own will those souls of the original sin.

We therefore *hope *, because the Church teaches so and because it is very fit of God’s greatness, that God, who is infinitely merciful, will allow children or unborn babies who die before receiving Baptism to dwell in His infinite love in heaven.

As for intrinsic good, there is none: while God may save the child’s soul, you should keep in mind that the person who incurs in the abortion and all conspirators (doctors and nurses who actually do it, husbands, family and others who encouraged it) incur in an automatic (latae sententiae) excommunication.

It is a theological truth that God, in His omnipotence, is able to make good come out of evil things…this is a great truth that God majestically stated on the day of creation, when everything was darkness: “God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” But we don’t know, we only hope in faith.


Only if God really intended that we kill all babies before the age of reason. And all people coming out of the confession booth too.


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