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ABORTION AND THE DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS VIEWS ON IT.

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ABORTION AND THE DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS VIEWS ON IT. Abortion is the termination of the life of a foetus. Christianity and abortion The Christian belief in the sanctity of life is based on the teachings of famous Christians and on what they read in the bible, the teachings of Jesus. A quote from the bible which seems to support the view that abortion is wrong is from Psalm 139:13, verses 15-16, "You created every part of me; you put me together in my mother's womb... When my bones were being formed, carefully put me together in my mother's womb. When I was growing there in secret, you knew that I was there - You saw me before I was born. The days allotted to me had all been recorded in your book, before any of them ever began." This seems to be saying that god has already begun to have an influence on the life of a person before they are even born. ...read more.

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As we learned from history, after the departure of every messenger, some people will distort the message and confuse the others. Now we hear the call to go back to the laws of ignorance and allow the killing of the unborn children during the first three months of pregnancy. This call comes from those who are confused, misled, misinformed and misguided. "Losers are those who killed their children foolishly, due to their lack of knowledge, and prohibited what God has provided for them, and followed innovations attributed to God. They have gone astray, they are not guided." (6:140) months of pregnancy. This call comes from those who are confused, misled, misinformed and misguided. "Losers are those who killed their children foolishly, due to their lack of knowledge, and prohibited what God has provided for them, and followed innovations attributed to God. They have gone astray, they are not guided." (6:140) some argued, on no basis but fabricated hadiths that the foetuses in the first four months do not have a soul yet and therefore it is permissible to kill him/her. ...read more.

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The general principles of modern-day Judaism are that: The foetus has great value because it is potentially a human life. It gains "full human status at birth only." 2 Abortions are not permitted on the grounds of genetic imperfections of the foetus. Abortions are permitted to save the mother's life or health. With the exception of some Orthodox authorities, Judaism supports abortion access for women. "...each case must be decided individually by a rabbi well-versed in Jewish law." 5 Hindu scriptures and tradition have from the earliest of times condemned the practice of abortion, except when the life of the mother is in danger. Hinduism teaches that the foetus is a living, conscious person needing and deserving protection. Hindu scriptures refer to abortion as womb killing and killing the undeveloped soul. A hymn in the Rig Veda begs for protection of foetuses. The Kaushitaki Upanishad draws a parallel between abortion and the killing of one's parents. The Atharva Veda remarks that the foetus slayer, or brunaghni, is among the greatest of sinners. ?? ?? ?? ?? Karina Burgess RE ESSAY 1 09/05/2007 18:23:19 ...read more.

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