Far from suggesting that "humanity should passively accept what life throws at us and that we should shun the scientific developments that enables us to shape our destiny", the church advises that there are moral limits to what we can do in alleviating the suffering in our world (which is the duty of every Christian). Each one of us went through the development stages of being an embryo and a foetus, as surely as we go through the stages of infancy, childhood, adolescence etc. If a foetus is not human, it would never become so. If it is human, then it has the same right to all the respect and protection as the rest of us. Holding my perfectly formed, 19-week miscarried daughter in my hand more than convinced me of her humanity.
There are several situations in which one can understand why someone would wish to have a termination, but once you have accepted the principle that a human life is involved other than that of the mother's, can it ever be justified? Should we not, rather, be concentrating our efforts on the actual situations?
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