Letter: The History of the Roman Catholic Church’s Involvement in Abortion Laws


One explanation for the aggressive involvement of the Roman Catholic Church in abortion laws in the United States is the papal decree “Ineffabilis Deus” (Ineffable God) made by Pope Pius IX during the annual celebration of the holiday. of the Immaculate Conception on December 8. , 1854. After long discussions and fervent prayer with the elders of the church, the Pope proclaimed that the Virgin Mary was herself the product of an immaculate conception and the beneficiary at the very moment of conception (better understood since the advent of the microscope as the exact moment of fertilization) of an absolutely perfect, irreproachable soul, even free from original sin. This made Mary of Nazareth the most blessed being in all of God’s creation, heaven or earth, worthy of being the mother of the Son of God as well as a brilliant centerpiece of Catholicism.

This new doctrine was officially enshrined in church law in 1869 with the additional condition that not only does the soul occur to everyone at the time of conception, but it is the only time the soul can happen. Job One for the Church saves souls, and this decree emphasized that the soul creates a complete human being from the zygote to the embryo to the fetus at birth. Two years later, in 1871, the Church declared the Pope infallible, preventing any discussion or argument on the new doctrines of the Immaculate Conception and the Soul. The Roman Catholic Church has had 150 years of pulpit power to instill these beliefs in its members, but no other world or apostolic church gives credit to papal infallibility, the Immaculate Conception of Mary, or the soul. strictly at design, as none of the three is supported by scriptural evidence.

During the last three decades of the 19th century, these dogmatic changes forced Catholic clergy in Europe and North America to work to enact laws criminalizing abortion. In the United States, they were successful in over 30 states, often collaborating with the new American Medical Association (1847) which intended to train and license physicians and get rid of charlatans, some of whom performed abortions. At the turn of the 20th century, the same clergy were struggling to convince local authorities to arrest and jail the providers of modern birth control methods. And since Roe’s death against Wade, the Catholic Church has spent a lot of money and effort re-criminalizing abortion, resulting in threats at abortion clinics, vandalism, and abuse. murders of clinic staff.

In the United States, women were granted legal status in 1970 to challenge state anti-abortion laws, although by that time 13 states already allowed abortion on demand. The plaintiffs made it clear to Supreme Court justices that they wanted to overturn these 19th century laws and have legal access to safe, hygienic abortions, and in 1973 the court agreed to overturn those laws. Earlier this month, in the Supreme Court arguments regarding Mississippi’s challenge against Roe v. Wade, at least one judge expressed confusion over the constitutional law at stake. In my opinion, the Ineffabilis Deus declaration of 1854 was based on nothing more than a self-proclaimed revelation or epiphany from a group of clergymen. determined to rejuvenate their faith in the face of many obstacles. This long and very persistent campaign against abortion by the Roman Catholic Church has been an attempt to inject their questionable dogma into the laws of this nation, which to me represents a serious violation of the American constitutional right to freedom of religion. .

Dudley Wells lives in Twin Valley, Minnesota.

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