Doctor Urged John Paul II’s Mother to Abort Him

Doctor Urged John Paul II’s Mother to Abort Him October 17, 2013


We owe a great deal to Emilia Kaczorowska.

Emilia Kaczorowska is the mother of Blessed John Paul II. According to a new book, The Mother of the Pope, her doctor advised her to abort the future pope when she was pregnant with him. Evidently, she suffered from the after-affects of rheumatic fever, which often include damage to the heart valves.

In the days before antibiotics, rheumatic fever was fairly common. Damage to the heart valves was treated mostly by bed rest and efforts not to strain the heart. Pregnancy, as anyone knows, puts a strain on the entire body. I would guess that this is what led the doctor to advise abortion to the pope’s mother.

It almost certainly was not a trivial suggestion, and the possible consequences were extreme. It takes courage for anyone to risk their life for another person. That includes mothers who are willing to die for their children.

Emilia Kaczorowska refused the doctor’s advice and gave birth to a baby boy that she and her husband named Karol. She survived the pregnancy, but died nine years later, leaving the little boy without a mother. I’ve often thought that Pope John Paul’s intense closeness to Our Lady may have begun with his longing for the earthly mother he lost when he was a little boy.

Blessed John Paul II was a great pope. Among other things, his fearless stand for the sanctity of human life ennobled and empowered a worldwide resistance to the evils of abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and the many ways in which humanity attacks the dignity and value of those who can’t fight back.

Judging by his mother’s courageous determination to give him life, the apple did not fall far from the tree.


A new report out today suggests Pope John Paul II’s mother rejected an abortion when pregnant with him.

Under the headline “Blessed John Paul II was in danger of not being born,” the Vatican Insider web site says the information was revealed by Milena Kindziuk in the book just came out.

The report suggests that the future Pope John Paul II was in danger of not being born because of the precarious state of health of his mother Emilia Kaczorowska. The book, “The Mother of the Pope,” indicates Emilia Kaczorowska, married in 1905 with Karol Wojtyla, the army of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, rejected an abortion.

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8 responses to “Doctor Urged John Paul II’s Mother to Abort Him”

  1. Not to be disrespectful here, if she had decided to abort that pregnancy the world and the Church wouldn’t have known the difference. It’s a little like asking—would I have been me if my mother/father had married someone else? She didn’t and he contributed to the Catholic faith by eventually being elected pope.

  2. My grandmother received the advice not to have children for the same reason. She had 5 healthy children before she died of unrelated causes. Doctors … do the best they can with the knowledge they have at the moment. God bless my Mamaw and Mama Emilia.

  3. This is the most jaw dropping news I have heard in years. How many other potential John Paul II’s or Mother Theresa’s or St. Francis’s have been lost through abortion? 55 million in America alone. Lost. Maybe this satirical piece I recently wrote will save one single human life today. Maybe.


    Whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, pro-nature or
    pro-prophylactic, sometimes the choice can come down to whether or not you
    would work in a place.

    10 Reasons, Well Actually 14, Why I Could Never Work in
    an Abortion Clinic:

    1. Nowadays a workplace without hand sanitizers
    is a real negative.

    2. Call me squeamish but jars of pickled baby’s
    feet in the refrigerator is a real turnoff.

    3. I’m allergic to cats.

    I’m not one of those tech-savvy geeks but I
    think getting operating instructions from YouTube is kind of weird.

    A strep and staph-rich environment would play
    havoc with my sinuses.

    I’m a very tolerant person but I think a frozen
    baby next to the ice cube tray would just push my buttons.

    In my humble opinion recliners with bloody
    blankets on them in post op just sounds unprofessional.

    I’m terrified of rats.

    I’m not one of those “neat freaks” but blood on
    the walls is just too much.

    10. I hear that in California
    when they are busy, busy they make the mail room guy or the food cart guy do
    the abortions, and I hate vacuuming.

    11. I’m no medical expert but
    once the baby starts crying it’s too late to abort it, isn’t it?

    12. I don’t want to be one of
    those dummies who sits in church every Sunday and doesn’t go up for Communion.

    13. I really like people, even
    teeny tiny people.

    14. I’m pretty sure they don’t
    have a chapel.

    By Jamey Brown

    ng news I have heard in years. How many other Bl. John Paul II’s, Bl. Mother Theresa’s or St. Francis’s have been lost through abortion? Lost? 55 million in America alone. Lost. Maybe this humorous piece I recently wrote will save one human life today–worth the entire universe. Maybe.

  4. I am not Catholic but I will throw my hat into the ring anyway. My mother (and thus me and my sister) owe our existence to a therapuetic abortion. My grandmother was not able to keep food down and it not only risked her life, but also the life of the baby. This was in the 1920’s before they had anti-nausea drugs.

    I think it is difficult to second-guess the choices we make in life. How many people exist now that would not have if their mothers had died to due pregnancy complications?

  5. The Catholic Church would made it mandatory that all women, now just Catholic women, never have abortions. For any reason. I think that no priest, lawmaker, lawyer, doctor, or governmental official should force their ideology or theology on a woman. It’s her choice and hers alone.

    JPII’s mother had a choice and she made a choice. Hurray for her. She got to live another 9 years. Who’s to say deny that the stress of that pregnancy weakened her heart and reduced her lifespan. I’m just glad she had a doctor who gave good medical advice and that she, at least, had a choice.

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