Thou Shalt Not Kill Is it ever right to have an abortion? No. The Roman Catholic Church is clear: No abortions whatsoever, even in the case of an ectopic pregnancy. In that case a surgical procedure, called a salpingectomy removes all of the tube (full salpingectomy) or only the part to which the embryo is attached (partial salpingectomy), inadvertently ending the pregnancy. The Roman Catholic Church follows the teaching of Scripture: Thou shalt not kill (Ex. 20:13).