When a woman is expecting, she becomes a mother, while the man becomes the father of a living child, who has an immortal soul already from the moment of conception.
The Divine Commandment “You shall not kill” (Exodus 20:13) applies to the life of every man beginning at the moment of conception. The termination of a pregnancy is depriving the child, who is still in its mother’s womb, of earthly life. Its immortal soul, however, lives in God. Jesus said: “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matt 10:28). Those responsible for the killing of an unborn child inflict great suffering upon God, the child and themselves as they enter the sphere of evil, sin and enslavement by unclean spirits. The breaking of the Divine Commandment “you shall not kill” destroys man — the conscience as well as psyche and body. The sin of abortion triggers an avalanche of consequences affecting all the people who have been involved in it, in particular the mother of the child whose biological life has been taken away
How can you free yourself from this frightening captivity by evil? You need to come to Jesus who works the miracle of forgiving all sins in the Sacrament of Penance. Dying on the Cross, Jesus took upon himself all our sins, suffered their consequences and upon the Resurrection achieved ultimate victory and had all our sins forgiven. Divine Mercy is infinite. Jesus told St. Faustina: “The greater the misery of a soul, the greater its right to My mercy; [urge] all souls to trust in the unfathomable abyss of My mercy, because I want to save them all. On the cross, the fountain of My mercy was opened wide by the lance for all souls — no one have I excluded!” (Diary, 1182).
St. John Paul II to women who have had an abortion
I would now like to say a special word to women who have had an abortion. The Church is aware of the many factors which may have influenced your decision, and she does not doubt that in many cases it was a painful and even shattering decision. The wound in your heart may not yet have healed. Certainly what happened was and remains terribly wrong. But do not give in to discouragement and do not lose hope. Try rather to understand what happened and face it honestly. If you have not already done so, give yourselves over with humility and trust to repentance. The Father of mercies is ready to give you his forgiveness and his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. To the same Father and his mercy you can with certain hope entrust your child. With the friendly and expert help and advice of other people, and as a result of your own painful experience, you can be among the most eloquent defenders of everyone’s right to life. Through your commitment to life, whether by accepting the birth of other children or by welcoming and caring for those most in need of someone to be close to them, you will become promoters of a new way of looking at human life” (Evangelium vitae, 99).