Quote of the Day: Mother Teresa on abortion


Mother Teresa is one of the most peaceful and humble souls of the century. It’s a blessing that she left us with so many strong statements on the sin of abortion and its destruction in our world.

The greatest destroyer of peace:

“I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself.” – Mother Teresa

“And if we can accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?” – Mother Teresa

On countries that accept abortion:

“Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion” – Mother Teresa

“Any country that accepts abortion is the poorest of the poor” – Mother Teresa

This next quote is very powerful coming from somebody who spent most of her life personally embracing the homeless, sick, and suffering of India:

“Many people are concerned with children of India, with the children of Africa where quite a few die of hunger, and so on. Many people are also concerned about the violence in this great country of the United States. These concerns are very good. But often these same people are not concerned with the millions being killed by the deliberate decision of their own mothers. And this is the greatest destroyer of peace today- abortion which brings people to such blindness.” – Mother Teresa

“It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish” – Mother Teresa

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Eva Ulian January 21, 2009 at 10:55 am

Mother Teresa certainly knew how to say thinks so that no one can have doubts as to what is meant.

Eva Ulian November 5, 2011 at 8:02 am

Correction: Mother Teresa certainly knew how to say what she thinks so that no one can have doubts as to what is meant.

annie January 21, 2009 at 11:18 am

how very eloquent

Sarah Carter January 21, 2009 at 11:44 am

Wow, these are great! Thank you for sharing them. I love quotes from Mother Teresa. She always had a way of saying things with such precision and eloquence!!

Cindy January 21, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Mother Teresa’s words are moving and powerful because she spoke with sincere love. Perhaps we will be more effective at protecting life at all stages when we learn to communicate our viewpoint with love and not with anger. There has been a lot of hand-wringing in the past few months regarding the election of Barack Obama and what that means to the pro-life movement. We have had both pro-life and pro-choice administrations since the Roe decision and it remains the law of the land. I believe that prayer is more powerful that lawsuits and that speaking to women about their babies with love is more effective than screaming at them on a sidewalk or ranting on a radio show. May God allow me to walk with Mother Teresa on a path of humility and love.

Jeannette January 21, 2009 at 12:34 pm

This Friday night, our parish is hosting a Youth/Young Adult Rally for Life in preparation for the Walk for Life West Coast. We have goodie bags for all the participants and have included a bookmark with the Mother Teresa quote: “It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish”. Hope this resonates with everyone.

Thanks for recounting her quotes on abortion.

Michelle January 21, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Thank you soooo much for sharing these truths!!!! Can you share with us where you found these quotes? I would love to have a resource that I can find quotes like these too. May God continue to Bless you!!!!

Teresa Arhore November 1, 2011 at 10:12 am

Mother Teresa is my Mentor i love her so much and i really miss her not being part of this world Rest in Peace Mama… Your Quotes still lINGER IN MY Heart,,,Love you so so much

patsie May 21, 2012 at 11:39 pm

May God bless her soul and this country and heal its blindness

Tara July 6, 2012 at 8:24 pm

She was a very wise person. It amazes me that people, including the president, have turned it around to call Prolife supporters the terrorists, pretty ingenius actually. Killing the unborn child doesn’t help the mother. She lives the rest of her life mourning the death of her child. She is a victom of abortion too. There are a few “crazies” in every group, but most people that are Prolife are not violent. It’s an contradiction in terms.

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