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Attitudes towards abortion

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James Cross 10s Abortion is the ending of pregnancy before birth. It can occur naturally for many reasons and is then known as a 'miscarriage'. If a pregnancy is ended deliberately then it's called 'procured abortion.' The Christians turn to the bible for their teaching on abortion but the bibles don't actually contain anything about abortion. The Didache, which is a Christian handbook, which was about 100AD, condemns abortion as murder. Even though the bible doesn't have anything specifically on abortion it does contain passages about the value of life: Psalm 139; "You created every part of me, you put me together in my mother's womb." Christians therefore believe that life is a very sacred gift from God. "The days allotted to me had all been recorded in your book before any of them every began." ...read more.

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This again reinforces the idea that no one but God has the right to take life away and that life is sacred. Therefore Christian Fundamentalists would definitely be against abortion as they take the bible literally. The Majority of these Fundamentalists live in USA in the southern states; Bible belt. 90% of people there go to church every Sunday, most of them being Baptist. Examples of these states are Georgia and Alabama. The right wing Christians joined forces with Pro-life non-Christian groups and by doing this they created a very strong opposition to abortion and any weakening of the State Laws of abortion. Some areas even take it to the extreme of killing doctors who carry out the abortions, even though that completely contradicts what they are trying prevent happen. ...read more.

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Some Catholics disagree with this, for example if the mother's life is in danger then abortion should be allowed. The Church of England beliefs is very similar to the Roman Catholic's and teaches that the embryo must be protected from the point of conception: "Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. We see abortion as a great moral evil." However, the big difference is the Church of England allows abortion in the following circumstances: Rape, incest, danger to mother's life and overwhelming deformity in embryo so no quality of life for child. It is visible that there are differences in opinions between Christians on the issue of abortion. Some believe God created life and no one has the right to take it away. On the other hand, some believe abortion is 'a necessary evil' if the mother or child would suffer if the pregnancy took place. ...read more.

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