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Does God condemn aborted babies since they are not baptized?

Question:

A Baptist minister said, "Part of the reason Catholics are so opposed to abortion is because they believe the child is lost, and it breaks my heart because God isn’t a tyrant." Basically, he was teaching the congregation that Catholics believe that God condemns an aborted baby to hell. Is this true?

Answer:

The Catholic Church entrusts all children (from the moment of conception) who die without baptism to God’s mercy in hope of their salvation. There is no distinction between children already born and those still in the womb. “Indeed, the great mercy of God who desires that all men should be saved, and Jesus’ tenderness toward children which caused him to say: ‘Let the children come to me, do not hinder them,’ allow us to hope that there is a way of salvation for children who have died without Baptism” (CCC 1261).

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