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Abortion and Christianity

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Abortion and Christianity Abortion has been one of the most fiercely debated issues of the past millennium but why is this so? It may have something to do with the world's religions and churches interpreting God's words differently. Or then again it may be to do with the constant propaganda that we are bombarded with from both the pro-abortion and pro-life groups. In this essay I will only focus on the religion of Christianity and how it's different churches interpret the Bible differently. I will also try to answer why they have such conflicting opinions and whether or not a Christian can ever justify having an abortion. This essay will also include the biblical interpretations of both pro- abortion and pro-life groups. However before this can happen we need to know what an abortion is. The word 'abortion' means the termination and removal of a foetus while it is in the mother's womb. This can happen medically through a "Chemical" abortion or naturally through a miscarriage. Having an abortion can be a devastating thing but women still choose to have them, some of the reasons women have abortions for are: * The baby was conceived by rape * The mother cannot afford another child * The mother is too young * The mother does not want the child * The child may be born handicapped Abortion has been legal in this country since 1967. The abortion act was passed because of an MP called David Steel. ...read more.

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Pro-abortion campaigners can argue against this statement by saying that if God formed you to be his servant maybe the correct way for you to serve him is to have an abortion. I think this quote means that God made you so only God can decide when you die. Acts 17:26 declares, "And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed and the bounds of their habitation" This quote can be used by Pro-life campaigners who can say that only God can decide when we die because he created us all. Pro-abortion campaigners can argue against this by saying that God might have decided it would be better for the foetus if it died before it was born. I feel that this statement means that only God can decide when we die because he created everyone in the world. Lastly in Corinthians 3:17 it is written that, "If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy: for the temple of God is hold, which temple ye are" Pro-life campaigners can use this quote and say that abortion is basically harming God himself because the temple of God is the human body because he created us all. Pro-abortion campaigners could say that the Bible was talking about churches. I think this statement is referring to the church as the temple of God because in all other religions their holy building is referred to as a temple and when the Bible ...read more.

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that is what they want because it is their right to do what they want with their bodies and not the right of their priest of the Bible. Personally I feel that any woman Christian or not is justified in having an abortion because it is her own right to do what she wants with her body. The main argument against abortion is that human life is sacred and that killing a human even a half formed one is wrong it is basically murder. Pro-life campaigners and the Roman Catholic Church agree strongly with that view whereas most other Christian Churches and pro-abortion campaigners do not, they believe that in some circumstances an abortion is necessary for example if the mother's life is in danger or the child will be severely handicapped. The decision whether or not to have an abortion is a very difficult one for both the mother and anyone else involved but that is why I feel that the week limit needs to be lowered even further to twelve or even eight weeks because then it is still a foetus and hasn't got a fully functioning organ system or a fully developed skeleton. This would make things easier on the mother because she will not have to go through the agony a normal birth only to get rid of a child she doesn't want. Pro-life campaigners can argue against that by saying the foetus is always a baby right from the moment of conception. Katrina Barnard Candidate number: 6019 Centre name: Islington Green School Centre number: 10326 ...read more.

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