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Philosophy
Course Code
PHL281H1
Professor
Donald Ainslie

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The Sanctity of Life
Pope John Paul II
Section 44:
Old testament states sterility is dreaded as a curse, while
numerous offspring was considered a blessing
The certainty that the life which parents transmit has its origins
in God
Life of every individual, from its very beginning, is a part of
God’s plan
Section 58:
Of all the crimes that can be committed against life, procured
abortion is really serious and abortion is an unspeakable crime
Acceptance of abortion today is a telling sign of an extremely
dangerous crisis of the moral sense, which is becoming more
and more incapable of distinguishing between good and evil
In case of abortion, there is a widespread use of ambiguous
terminology such as ‘interruption of pregnancy’ which tends to
hide abortions true nature
Perhaps the linguistic phenomenon is itself a symptom of an
uneasiness of conscience
Procured abortion is the deliberate and direct killing, by
whatever means it is carried out, of a human being in the initial
stage of his/her existence, extending from conception to birth
The one eliminated is a human being at the beginning of life
and not a more innocent being could be imagined
oIn no way could the human being ever be considered an
aggressor
oHe/she is weak and defenseless
oUnborn child entrusted to the protection and care from the
woman carrying him/her in the womb and yet sometimes
it is precisely the mother herself who makes the decision
and asks for the child to be eliminated
It is true that the decision to have an abortion is often tragic and
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