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The Right to Abortion: ‘Evangelium Vitae’ v. Guttmacher

By Rita Diller

The epic battle between good and evil has reached a new climax with the overturn of Roe v. Wade. In the Gospel of Life, the Church proclaims that claiming the right to abortion and recognizing it as a legal right is perverse, evil, and the death of true freedom. As St. John Paul II wrote:

To claim the right to abortion . . . and to recognize that right in law, means to attribute to human freedom a perverse and evil significance: that of an absolute power over others and against others. This is the death of true freedom: “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin.”


The Guttmacher Institute, an offshoot of Planned Parenthood, stands in stark contradiction, leading the current charge to enact federal legislation and to battle right-to-life forces in the states to ensure abortion as a legal right. Dr. Herminia Palacio, Guttmacher Institute president and CEO, stated:


The US Supreme Court has taken the radical step of overturning Roe v. Wade outright, thus unleashing uncertainty and harm onto people asking for nothing more than to exercise their fundamental right to bodily autonomy. . . .


The anti-abortion movement is already pushing for a national abortion ban. All of us seeking to defend policies that support bodily autonomy must be ready to meet them with all we have. We must protect abortion rights and access in as many states as possible and achieve federal legislation to ensure that anyone, anywhere who needs an abortion can get one freely and with dignity. 


We must never forget—and we must always proclaim—the personhood of the innocent human beings targeted by abortion. The target of every single abortion is among the most innocent and vulnerable of human beings. That little helpless person will be brutally killed. Planned Parenthood is the largest single perpetrator of abortions in the US. It operates 55% of all abortion facilities in the United States.

The notion of abortion “rights” is an absurdity straight from the depths of hell. Every human being is unique and unrepeatable. Every human being is a gift from God. A law enabling abortion “rights” is indeed perverse and evil and takes the most basic right—the right to life—from the victim: children.