The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly

Volume 22, Issue 4, Winter 2022

Joseph Arias
Pages 657-688

Evangelium Vitae and the Definition of Abortion

The moral permissibility of certain acts traditionally considered abortion has become a subject of much debate in recent years. One of the main points in this debate is the question of whether there exists a difference between “abortion as removal” and “abortion as killing.” This essay strives to present readers with an orthodox interpretation of Church documents regarding abortion, giving clear and well-supported evidence that this distinction is not found in Catholic teaching