What about abortion for young rape or incest victims?


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I would like to know the Catholic church’s view on abortion of a life conceived through rape or incest. What if the victim is a 13 year old? Is she expected to complete her pregnancy?


#2

azaan_j,

These links should be helpful in understanding the Catholic Church’s response to the “hard cases” of rape or incest, particularly of young children. If you have any further questions or concerns that are not answered by these links, please contact Catholic Answers directly.

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Recommended Resources:
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The “Morning After” Pill
by John B. Shea, M.D.
Emergency Contraception and Treatment of Victims of Sexual Assault
by the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities (USCCB)
Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services
by the USCCB


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