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Abortion - a religious overview.

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Abortion Abortion is when a foetus is expelled from its mother's womb before the pregnancy reaches full term (usually 40 weeks). The abortion act says that a woman can have an abortion if the pregnancy would put her in danger, or if the baby was so handicapped that it could not survive independently and it would have no quality of life. The act also says that these reasons for abortion are accepted whereas a woman who simply did not want another child would not be allowed to abort her pregnancy. Many Christians oppose abortion. Two reasons that they give for this are because they believe that life begins at conception and so to abort an embryo would be considered as murder. They have a fair point because many abortions have been conducted in a seemingly barbaric manner. The foetus's that have developed slightly more have been removed from the womb limb by limb and then put in a metal dish and left for what could be weeks. They are not buried but used for medical research or just thrown carelessly away. The second reason they might use is that abortion is "playing God". ...read more.


Christians could argue against the Roman Catholic belief that we are playing God by saying that if God planned every life, than he must have planned for the man or woman who invented abortion, to invent abortion. "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet To the nations." This suggests that God did indeed plan the life of the inventor of abortion. These Christians who would allow abortion base their view on the principle in the Bible that women should be allowed to make their own choices with their own body. Women have the right to decide. It would be a traumatic decision and would not be made lightly. The Bible itself is not a textbook with specific rules for a Christian to follow. It has guidance and advice although sometimes it is hard to understand and often conflicts with itself. Different people take the principles different ways. The bible does not have a lot of references to abortion because in the days when it was written, abortion was not an issue. ...read more.


The take time to consider the problem and what action should be taken and the reasons, whereas the Catholic Church just say "No." Whatever the situation, they seem to say no. I think that this can be inconsiderate especially in a rape circumstance. I could not have the heart to have a rapist's child and then tell it that the only reason it was born was that I had been raped. If I had the child and did not tell it, its whole life would be a lie, and I could not cope with that. I understand that it is not the child's fault and that it is ruthless to kill it, but I could not see it grow up without thinking for a moment about that rapist. I believe that life begins when the foetus begins to show human features and can begin to survive by itself, because when it is an embryo, it could be any other animal, be it a whale or a cheetah. I do believe that people have souls but I also believe that every other animal has a soul too. I believe that it develops the souls when its heart begins to beat. So I don't enjoy abortion, but I do think it should be taken seriously and for all the right reasons. ...read more.

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