I am a faithful Catholic and I have defended my beliefs to a hostile audience recently.
I really do believe that Jesus forgave my sins and gave me a fresh start.
I felt I needed to say the above as I know how perilously difficult the issue of abortion, in general, is. Needless to say, cases of a fatally flawed foetus are even more difficult.
There was a case in my country, Northern Ireland, recently where there was a woman who had a 20-week scan which revealed that her unborn baby had no skull, and would not survive birth. She made it clear that she wanted to have this baby. Abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland, except for some strict circumstances (a fatally flawed foetus not being one of them), so she travelled to England for an abortion.
There has also been a petition submitted recently by one of Northern Ireland’s politicians to amend the laws of Northern Ireland so that abortions will be permitted in this case.
I do believe that God is our Creator, but what are we to say of human defects? I’ve been reading Thomas Aquinas’ Summa and, to my understanding, he seems to say that our defects (death, blindness and so on) result from the sin of Adam and Eve.
If it had been up to me in the case above, or if it should happen to someone I know in the future, I would support her in her incredibly difficult situation but I would not condone having an abortion because I just think it’s wrong.
I would support her through the rest of the pregnancy, and hope that she would be able to understand one day why this traumatic experience happened.
One of the apologists, I think, Fr. Vincent Serpa, said somewhere that it’s wrong for us to take innocent life but God can take innocent human life. To my understanding, this unborn baby would still be alive. Would this be your position?
I would sincerely like to know your thoughts.