Imagine that a Great Aunt died, and has left you a very fancy, very old car, that’s worth a lot of money and is very rare. You don’t know a whole lot about cars, and aren’t really all that interested in them. Bottom line: you don’t want the car. So you decide since its your car, and you own it, you can have it wrecked. And so you do.

Now imagine you’re a poor mechanic who dreams of one day owning this car. You neighbor (the person from above) has one, and doesn’t want it. So you go to their house, and make an offer, with your whole life’s savings. But instead of selling it to you, the owner has it wrecked.

How would you feel? Broken hearted? That’s how people who can’t have kids feel when people kill their babies.

Sure it’s your choice, but is it the right one?

Going through the abortion tag is making me nauseous..people are actually praising the Pope for “forgiving” people that have had abortions???

It’s not a kind gesture, it’s insulting and disrespectful.

People that have had abortions did NOTHING wrong so there’s nothing to forgive. Why doesn’t he actually fucking do something about the priests molesting children instead of giving his unnecessary opinion on abortion and giving this fake ass kind gesture.



1. Abortion is held by the Catholic Church to be a sin, because it defines embryos as human individuals. 

2. The Catholic Church has NEVER held this to be some kind of UNFORGIVABLE SIN, unlike what many headlines are implying.

3. In the Catholic Church there are not only Sins against morality, but Crimes Against Canon Law. Sins can be forgiven via the sacrament of confession or via an act of perfect contrition. Crimes against canon law have various associated sentences. 

4. Abortion is also held by the Catholic Church to be a CRIME. It incurs penalty of latae sententiae excommunication. 

5. Latae sententiae excommunication basically means that at the moment of the act you are automatically excommunicated. 

6. Excommunicated doesn’t mean DAMNED ETERNALLY. It means that you are no longer considered in communion with the Catholic Church and cannot participate in its sacraments until you’ve jumped through the hoops to get back in. So the sin isn’t UNFORGIVEABLE, you just have to jump through hoops before you can actually go to confession.

7. Slapping the pope is also a crime which incurs latae sententiae excommunication. 

8. In this case the hoops are pretty much contacting your bishop and telling him you’re super sorry that you went and excommunicated yourself. 

9. The bishop can actually appoint people to receive this apology, and in the US (and many other countries) pretty much all bishops have decided that all priests in their dioceses can accept this apology already.

10. Popes sometimes declare a “Year of _______” for the entire Church to focus on. 

11. Pope Francis has declared a “Year of Mercy,” and further that all priests can receive people who have had abortions back into the Church. 

12. Because of 9, most priests were able to do this anyway. 

13. Also, Canon Lawyers aren’t really sure that people who have had abortions have been ACTUALLY incurring excommunication, even if in the abstract Canon Law says that abortion incurs excommunication. 

14. Moral Theologian  Charles Camosy says this about 13: “Not every sin is a crime according to Canon law. The crime has a higher bar to meet: an intentional and free choice to kill the innocent. Any such acts (whether abortions or something else) are serious crimes and would mean automatic excommunication. …[Canon Lawyer Edward Peters and others] argues that women “rarely, if ever” commit the crime of abortion. This view stands on strong moral-theological ground. Many women are physically coerced into having abortions, and almost all women are coerced by patriarchal social structures which force them into ‘choices’ for which they do not have the same resources as do men.”

15. By “patriarchal social structures” I believe Camosy means everything from “conservative families will freak out if their teenager is pregnant” to “pregnancy costs women AN INSANE AMOUNT OF MONEY” etc etc. 

TLDR: Abortion has never been an unforgivable sin, Pope Francis is practically changing very little. 


New comic! (link)

I remember this guy so vividly, because he said this really casually, like you’d say ‘but I can’t stay up too late tonight because I have an early start’. Anyways, it turns out he was really catholic (according to him), and while it apparently didn’t extend to abstaining from extramarital sex, it totally included threatening physical violence in order to stop someone from accessing medical services.

Anyways, about 3 days later the pope died and he got SUPER sad about it and pretty much stopped trying to talk to me altogether, which was a-ok with me.

For the record, it’s actually ok to decide that you’re uncomfortable with the thought of someone aborting a pregnancy that you contributed to. The way to bring this up is: 'Before we go further, I wanted to let you know that I’m uncomfortable with the idea of abortion as a way of dealing with unexpected pregnancy. Can we talk about what would we would do if that did happen?“

and then be ready for the answer that an abortion would be the thing that would happen, and know your response to that accordingly. If abortion is an unacceptable outcome for your genes, then I’d probably suggest that casual sex might not be for you.

How Ohio Gov. John Kasich is making life hell for women seeking abortions
The newest GOP candidate has signed every single restriction on abortion and family planning that has landed in front of him.

“Kasich is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s going out there trying to sell himself as a moderate, he’s no moderate. He is an extremist.”


Planned Parenthood Baby Parts Vendor ABR Pays Off Clinics, Intact Fetuses “Just Fell Out”

Sheehan tells actors posing as a new human biologics company that at Planned Parenthood Pacific Southwest, “We have already a relationship with ABR.” Sheehan explains, “We’ve been using them for over 10 years, really a long time, just kind of renegotiated the contract. They’re doing the big collections for government-level collections and things like that.” When one of the actors negotiates, “We return a portion of our fees to the clinics,” Sheehan responds eagerly, “Right, get a toe in and make it, make a pro–alright.”

Perrin Larton, the Procurement Manager at ABR, is shown describing ABR’s fetal tissue harvesting practice to a prospective buyer. “I literally have had women come in and they’ll go in the O.R. and they’re back out in 3 minutes, and I’m going, ‘What’s going on?’ Oh yeah, the fetus was already in the vaginal canal whenever we put her in the stirrups, it just fell out,” she explains of situations where there has been a great enough degree of cervical dilation to procure an intact fetus.


SO simple. Even children understand.

Cardinal Arinze’s Classic Response to Pro-Choice Politicians

Mitch McConnell is in a tough spot. Right now the activist wing of his party is positively militant over the Planned Parenthood “sting” videos, which conservatives claim (without justification) show the women’s health provider “trafficking” in fetal tissues obtained from abortion procedures, and calls for Planned Parenthood’s federal funding to be shut off are raining down on Congress. With funding for the federal government set to expire at the end of September, a small (but influential) group of conservatives is demanding that Republicans leaders in Congress, like McConnell, use the funding deadline to force a showdown with President Obama and the Democrats and link funding for Planned Parenthood to continued appropriations for the federal government. “The budget and appropriations fights are forthcoming,” Erick Erickson wrote last month. “If Barack Obama is willing to risk a government shutdown because he demands our tax dollars continue funding an organization that kills our children and sells their organs, we should have that fight.”

Mitch McConnell doesn’t want a shutdown over Planned Parenthood, and 2016 GOPers are going to make his life hell

Pope Francis says you can be forgiven for your abortions this coming Holy Year.

In Church teaching, abortion is such a grave sin that those who procure or perform it incur an automatic excommunication. Usually only designated clergy and missionaries can formally forgive abortions.

But from Dec.8 to Nov. 26, during an extraordinary Holy Year or “Jubilee” on the theme of mercy announced by Pope Francis in March, all priests will be able to do so, he said in a letter published on Tuesday by the Vatican.


I actually didn’t know abortion was an unforgivable sin according to Catholic doctrine.  I hadn’t realized there was such a thing at all; I thought you confessed, said some Hail Marys, and boom – FORGIVEN!  Alas, abortion is so terrible, the murderous woman who killed her not-baby-yet is supposed to be excommunicated from the church.

I wondered what the other unforgivable sins were because you’d think they would be murder, torture, rape – you know, generally terrible things to do to someone.  Well…

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The Pope calls for priests to pardon women who have had abortions, everyone reacts in the most degenerate way saying things like “abortion is a crime, then rapists and murderers should be pardoned too”.
I already knew the world was so close-minded and pathetic when it came to women’s bodies and their choices, but I had no idea how great the extent of it was. How do you people feel so fucking entitled to what we do with our lives and our bodies? If I was a teenage girl who got pregnant after being group-raped, would you beat me with stones and sticks for getting an abortion? Or if I was mentally unstable and unable to raise a child? Or if I already had 2 children and couldn’t afford to have any more? Or if I didn’t have access to birth control? Or if I was HIV-positive? Or even if I didn’t have a clear reason for doing so, WHAT DO YOU CARE?

There are things you don’t know about people. Don’t judge. Don’t think that this decision is made easily. But your male ass doesn’t have to carry a child, doesn’t have to feed it, doesn’t have to raise it.
Most abortions happen with women who are single, who have no resources to raise a child in good circumstances. And do you know why? Because there’s a son of a bitch who bailed out on them and left them alone. Left, because they were not mature enough to take up the responsibility that is a child. How do you expect a young lonely woman to be braver? The most common reason women have abortions is not because they don’t want children, but because they can’t afford to have one. Because they’re alone.
You all think you are saving lives with your pro-life crap, but no one ever thinks about the woman. You’d all rather save a life that doesn’t exist yet, instead of one that is already there.

I’m not trying to say that abortion is a GOOD thing. But it’s not up to you to judge and decide what decision a woman makes. It’s up to her. And she’ll deal with regrets, depression, pain, and loss herself. No one asked for your blurry judgement.

Join AbortStigma for an Internet Storm on October 20th!

On a day where pro-lifers choose to be silent, let pro-choice bellow!

AbortStigma has a Twitter, a facebook, and - obviously - a Tumblr. We also have a DeviantART and a Reddit (though they don’t get much traffic, but maybe this year they will!)

During our storm:

  • Share your abortion experiences (please, remember not to share others’ experiences unless they explicitly do not mind!)
  • Share your support
  • Spread abortion facts
  • Spread abortion support helplines and forums

Also, show your support for Planned Parenthood in light of the smear campaibng by CMP by also using #standwithPP!

No one deserves to be forced into a pregnancy!

Also, as a note, this would be a great time to get pro-choice-in some members! Pro-Choice In is a brand-new organization looking to start pro-choice chapters all over the country and, maybe, the world! Pro-Choice In is meant to get pro-choicers in the same cities in contact with each other, so we can organize, counter-protest, hold rallies, and even create volunteer opportunities!

Today’s Pro-life Reflection: Conversion to all about Abortion

“Among all the crimes which can be committed against life, procured abortion has characteristics making it particularly serious and deplorable …But today, in many people’s consciences, the perception of its gravity has become progressively obscured” (John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, n.58). 

Reflection: A woman who saw the photos of aborted babies wrote,  “OH MY GOSH. I just read your entire web page. OH MY GOSH is all I can really say out loud. I have seen articles and read about abortions before-but I still felt like it was the woman’s decision. My mind was changed TODAY."  

Prayer: Lord, grant light and conversion to all about abortion . Amen.   

This reflection is taken from my book, Pro-Life Reflections for Every Day, which is available for purchase at: ProLifeReflectionsForEveryDay.org