The sin of abortion no doubt has many consequences do to the nature of this sin. First and foremost it is the direct act of murder in regards to the killing of a newly conceived human being who is the most defenseless and innocent of society. On a secondary level abortion also leads to the collapse of society since this act kills the very individuals who would have been the future and livelihood of that particular society. Of all of these consequences that stem from the sin of abortion, non is worse than the fact that abortion robs children from ever knowing God and from experiencing his love. Furthermore the greatest consequence of the sin of abortion is that it prevents the aborted child from ever coming to the truths of the Catholic Faith. from growing in virtue both natural and supernatural, from ever benefiting from the sacraments that the Church has to offer and perhaps lastly even preventing the child from ever obtaining the Beatific vision, or at least not to the degree that the child could have if he had been given the chance to grow in virtue and grace through the upbringing and living of the Catholic Faith.
How will the child enter the Church if he is denied the possibility of being baptized? How will he ever grow not only in natural, but supernatural virtue and grace if he is denied a formation in the Catholic Faith and of sustaining the graces which are begotten in Baptism if he is not given the chance to receive Confirmation, and lastly the opportunity to nourish his grace through frequent access to Holy Communion? Abortion prevents a child from all and many more things which allow a child to develop not until naturally but also supernaturally as a child of God whom God wants to pour out his graces and make him ever more united to him. “Even Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, even before I formed you in the womb I consecrated you.” (Jer 1:5)
Another thing to consider in regards to the sin of abortion is that for many centuries many theologians and the Church as a whole have upheld the possibility of the existence of Limbo of Children. (It is not the purpose of this paper to argue for or against Limbo). While the more recent theological trend has tended to dismiss Limbo;Pope Benedict and recent popes and theologians have for example stated that in regards to the sin of abortion, we should leave them in the mercy of God for example. At the same time though it should also be noted that many theologians, popes and the Church as a whole has since the beginning and even till now considered Limbo a very real possibility. Regardless of whether Limbo does exist or not, the reality however is that the sin of abortion prevents children from ever fully entering the Catholic Church, from ever growing in both natural and supernatural virtue, from ever obtaining entrance to the Church and obtaining Baptismal graces, from ever nurturing those graces through frequent use of the sacraments, and if Limbo is in fact real, then even preventing the aborted child from ever obtaining that that ultimate prize that awaits the Christian faithful, namely the Beatific Vision, in which we shall see God for who he is, the Trinity, for all of eternity.
This is in fact the worst crime of abortion. Not only does the aborted kid suffer while he is being aborted, and not only is a murder being committed, all of which are bad enough, but above all the child is prevented from ever growing in the Divine virtues of our Holy Faith and possibly even of the greatest of all heavenly rewards, the Beatific vision.
Being robbed of the faith is in fact that worst consequence of the sin of abortion. Not only does the aborted kid suffer physically while he is being aborted, and not only is a murder being committed, both of which are bad enough, but above all the child is prevented from ever knowing God, from ever growing and developing natural and supernatural virtues, as well as of grace, and possibly even being deprived of the greatest of all heavenly rewards, the Beatific Vision.