The church does not accept abortion in any instance apart from the accident of double effect, (probably explained elsewhere in this thread).
Pro-abortionists bring up the “save the life of the mother” “rape” “incest” etc. argument all the time.
From a secular/political perspective ONLY, if the U.S. only allowed abortions under these scenarios, even though it’s still not right, we’d only be doing 1.9% of the abortions we do now, providing that the law was adhered to. That would be a more than 98% drop, and would obliterate the need for all abortion mills, Planned Parenthood, etc. Obstetricians and other doctors who may encounter one of these odd rarities will still have training for it in med school, etc., but there would be no abortion “industry”, and the Church would have a much smaller battle to fight.
If a sincere legislative body, who would create a real law to comply with this scenario as a solution to the arguments would do this, the Church would still be active in ending that 1.9 percent, but the country would be a LOT safer, and more reasonable.
The problem is, that’s NOT what pro-abortionists are after. That’s just supposed to be a gripping emotional argument intended to make pro lifers feel guilty for their 100 percent stance on the issue. It’s not a sincere argument or our pro-abortion government would put their money where their mouth is, and start enacting laws along these lines in an effort to be a more reasonable and caring society, and to offer some relief in the law for both pro-lifers and pro-abortionists.
“What if…” scenarios are just logic traps, and smokescreens, and have no actual significant bearing on the abortion debate.
Until we live in a world that’s willing to go at LEAST that far, then the Church will still be picketing and praying in front of the abortion mills rather than speaking out on the rare individual cases which would be left.
Just for clarity…Once again…this is an answer from a secular stance.
Our Church doesn’t allow procured abortion in any case. Nor does it allow or approve of artificial birth control, or contraception. These are all intrinsically evil.
The marital embrace is reserved by God and nature to married male and female persons. All others are called to chastity.