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"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; Before you came to birth, I consecrated."

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"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; Before you came to birth, I consecrated." (Jer 1;5) I think that the Catholic Church's teaching that human is sacred, has a great impact on its teaching on abortion. The church teaches that abortion is totally and utterly, immoral,wrong, and evil. The church teaches that human life begins at conception, so any termination from after the moment of conception is wrong. "Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception"(Catechism 2270). The Catholic Church teaches that human life begins in the womb at the moment of conception. The church thinks that the life of each human (even at embryonic and foetal stage) is precious. "You shall not procure [an] abortion, nor destroy a new-born child" (Didache 2:1-2). The Didache from AD70 reported this on the subject of abortion. It clearly outlaws abortion, and is more evidence that the Catholic Church's teaching that human life is sacred radically affects its teaching on abortion. "For it was you who created my being, knit me together in my mother's womb, I thank you for the wonder of my being, for the wonders of all creation"(Psalm 139). ...read more.

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The Law of Moses ordered strict penalties for causing an abortion. We read, "If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely, but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined...But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot" (Ex. 21:22-24). This applies the "law of retribution" to abortion. This law creates the just punishment for an injury (eye for eye, tooth for tooth, life for life). This is all because the early Christians believed that aborted babies should have justice too. The church's teaching has always been that an unborn baby has a soul just like a toddler or and older person. The church however doesn't agree that the rape of a woman and subsequent pregnancy are fair grounds for procuring an abortion. Instead the church teaches that the mother and child should live together in God's love, or should the mother be unable to cope with the child, then she should give it up for adoption. Any abortion on the child would be crime on something just as innocent as the mother. ...read more.

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Over all the Catholic Church, the Methodist Church and the Presbyterian Church are all on the same moral ground and firmly against abortion, whereas the Anglican Communion and the Methodist Church discourage abortion but don't outlaw it. Before we can totally make up our minds about whether the church's teaching that human life is sacred has an effect on its stance on abortion, we must balance the argument. Many people believe that procured abortions are a thing that the woman in question should decide on. These people are known as pro-choice campaigners. They teach that an embryo inside the womb is just a cluster of cells which has the potential to become a human being, and that each woman should have the opportunity to terminate her pregnancy if she wants to. Also they teach that abortion should be allowed in cases of extreme duress for the mother and also if she realises that she will not be able to cope with the new arrival. Finally, believers in pro-choice think that abortion should be legal to prevent dangerous back street abortions. "Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God" (Evangelium Vitae chapter3). In conclusion I have to say that I think the church's teaching that human life is sacred has a massive effect on its teaching on abortion. ...read more.

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