A human embryo is the earliest stage of development of a human being once the egg has been fertilized by the sperm.
A fetus is the term used for a developing human person from 9 weeks onward. A human fetus cannot become anything other than a person.
Yes, definitely! Let’s take a look at these ultrasound images of a baby as it develops in the mother’s womb.
God gave us all the ability to choose when he gave us free will. We can use this free will in many ways. We can choose the good by making choices that are for the good of ourselves or others. These choices support what God wants for us. Or, we can choose actions that hurt ourselves or others. These choices can damage our relationship with God and others. Essentially, our power to choose is neutral until we act on it.
The choice of whether or not to have an abortion is a choice between life and death. Abortion is a choice, but it’s the wrong choice because it is an act of violence to both the woman and the child she is carrying. Abortion always represents an evil act, even when the situation is confusing and scary. It is always and everywhere wrong.
Encourage her to be honest about her pregnancy. It may be scary, but honesty is always the best course. And help her to find the courage to talk to her parents and other trusted adults.
She will need your support in many ways. First, listen to her and let her tell you her worries. Tell her you’re going to help her to get through this, and that she needs to focus her energy on what’s best for her baby.
Support her by going with her to tell parents. If parents are worried or upset, that’s natural. Hopefully, they will get over the initial shock and help your friend make the important decision about whether to raise the child with her family’s help, or to place the child for adoption. Most parents can be counted on when the chips are down. Never agree to take a friend to an abortion provider.
If your friend and/or her family need professional assistance or advice, listings can be found in the yellow pages of the phone book under “Abortion Alternatives.” Also, the Department of Pastoral Care wants to help – call us at 609-403-7157.
Planned Parenthood is a national organization whose main objective is providing resources for “reproductive health and family planning services.” Their philosophy and services oppose many central teachings of the Catholic Church and other Christian denominations. Planned Parenthood performs abortions or provides referrals for abortions. Simply put, Planned Parenthood works against the values we share as Catholics.