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Abortion - a discussion on the debate and Christian teaching.

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Abortion - a discussion on the debate and Christian teaching When a woman becomes pregnant an embryo is formed which has the potential to develop through all the stages of the human life-span. If at any point the process of development is deliberately halted then an abortion has occurred. An abortion is the intentional destruction of a foetus or the inducing of a premature expulsion from the womb to cause its death. Human life, born or unborn, must be treated with reverence and respect. Abortion causes much controversy in Great Britain and in the rest of the world. There are two main viewpoints regarding abortion: Pro Life - The name given to opponents of abortion who believe in the value of all human life, including the lives of unborn children. And Pro Choice - The name given to supporters of abortion and feel it is the woman's life to terminate her pregnancy. ...read more.

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Christians are opposed to abortion. This is based on biblical teachings as well as teachings within church. Christians see several references on the abortion issue in the bible. There are two occasions there is an indication that God considers an unborn child to be a living being: "You created every part of me; You put me in my mother's womb......... When I was growing there in secret, you knew I was there - you saw me before I was born" Psalm 139: 13-16 This suggests that God placed the child in his mother's womb and acknowledges the child as his creation. A Christian would also draw upon the first commandment "Thou shalt not kill" it could be argued that abortion is murder and is therefore a sin so it should not be allowed. "When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby moved within her......"For as soon as I heard your greeting, the baby within me jumped with gladness" Luke 1: 41-44 This is enforcing the fact that foeti can sense things and have feelings and should therefore not be aborted. ...read more.

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I personally feel that abortion should not be allowed in any country as it is non-Christian, evil and wrong. It is murder if killing an adult is murder then surely killing an unborn child is murder. It is said that all life has equal value and to allow abortion is to disregard this statement. The conditions for legal abortion are very often ignored completely. Less than one percent of abortions are carried out solely for the protection of the mother. I will never condone abortion of any kind but especially an abortion that is carried out because the mother could not be bothered to have a child. That in my opinion is evil as the child never had any chance in life and there was no reason for an abortion. If it is accepted that an unborn child is living then it follows that he or she deserves the rights and respect awarded to all human beings: "So God created human beings, making them to be like himself" Genesis 1: 27 ...read more.

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