THREAD: Historically, Catholic disapproval of #abortion was not rooted in concern for the fetus. It was based on the assumption that only someone who engaged in forbidden sexual activity would need to have an abortion. (1/5)
Catholic arguments against abortion did not usually focus on the morality of abortion itself because scientifically, theologically, and morally, the fetus was not considered a person. (2/5)
Many church officials and anti-choice Catholics now use what's called the ontological argument against abortion by claiming that the fetus is a person from the moment of conception. (3/5)
For most of church history, the ontological argument was much less popular than the idea that women's sexuality was inherently sinful. (4/5)
The hierarchy's newfound obsession with so-called "fetal personhood" is a blatant attempt to cover up the fact that anti-abortion ideas are rooted in misogyny. (5/5)

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3 Feb
Catholics like @AlvareHelen claim the Church has taught for 2,000 years that abortion is “the direct taking of innocent life.” That’s malarkey! The truth is the hierarchy’s absolute ban on abortion is actually only 150 years old. (THREAD)
For most of the Catholic Church’s history, the prevailing view was that abortion only took a life after the soul entered the fetus (believed to occur ~40-90 days into the pregnancy). Theologians from Augustine to Aquinas drew a clear distinction between early & late abortions.
In fact, when Pope Sixtus V tried to equate abortion & homicide in 1588 (to clamp down on sex work in Rome), his successor Pope Gregory XIV overturned it saying it was *not* in line with previous teachings. Many theologians also supported abortion to save the woman’s life.
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We @Catholic4Choice welcome @JoeBiden as the first prochoice Catholic president & call on him to protect & expand abortion rights in the first days of his presidency. President Biden frequently connects his care for the poor, the sick & the vulnerable to his Catholic faith.(1/10)
As a longtime champion of women’s rights and the rights of marginalized people, @JoeBiden surely understands that policies like the #GlobalGagRule, the #HydeAmendment & the #HelmsAmendment inflict disproportionate suffering on the poor, the sick and the powerless. (2/10)
@JoeBiden has dissented from Catholic teaching on issues related to marriage equality, transgender rights and contraception because he realizes that the church’s teachings on these topics do not reflect the church’s greater call to justice, equality and human dignity. (3/10)
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