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Christian approaches to abortion.

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Abortion Abortion is one of the most common moral issues of today. There are many people who stand for and against it very strongly and whole-heartedly. There are two main approaches from Christians: 1.It is always wrong to have an abortion because it is wrong to take a life. Only God can do that. Whatever other problems there may be, God wills it and will help. 2. Abortion could be acceptable in certain circumstances because it may be the more loving thing to do, commonly called the lesser of two evils. You have to consider the mother and the rest of the family as well as the foetus. Christians also consider the 'Sanctity Of Life'. This means that all life is sacred because it comes directly from God, and He intended the unborn baby to live. This could mean that the life of the foetus is sacred, but it could also mean that the life of the mother is sacred. It would depend on which stance a Christian takes and the individual circumstances. The Church of England does not actively support abortion but believes that in some cases it is the best thing to do. This means that it is up to the mother to decide whether abortion is right in the circumstance, giving that the bible teaches that abortion is wrong. ...read more.

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Given the understanding that human life begins at conception, taking the life of an unborn child is no different from the related atrocity of infanticide. As far back as the second century, the Church condemned both practices. Abortion was so unthinkable among Hebrews that no special mention of it was necessary in the Old Testament criminal code. God said "You shall not murder," and that was enough. Abortion makes the womb a place of death instead of life. The ability to give life should be celebrated as a gift, never to be taken for granted. It is the very thing that separates women from men. Christians believe it is also the gift God gave women to save humanity. When one generation has failed, the next has a chance to do better. And most importantly, all were given the opportunity for salvation through the birth of Christ - Mary's choice to give life in the face of adversity. People promoting anti-abortion have used many visual aids to help their campaign. These pictures are just some of them. This is the remains of a baby aborted by suction. This is the remains of a baby aborted by salt poisoning. This is a picture of a babies' feet after abortion. The baby was ten weeks old. This is the remains of a baby aborted by Dilation and Curettage. ...read more.

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From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognised as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life. The Church of England shares this general opposition to abortion. As the 1980 statement of the Board of Social Responsibility put it: In the light of our conviction that the foetus has the right to live and develop as a member of the human family, we see abortion, the termination of that life by the act of man, as a great moral evil. We do not believe that the right to life, as a right pertaining to persons, admits of no exceptions whatever; but the right of the innocent to life admits surely of few exceptions indeed. Most Christians believe abortion violates the sixth commandment, which prohibits murderous acts. However there is a keen debate concerning the moment a human embryo/foetus becomes fully human. Catholics say that it is as soon as the egg is fertilised, whereas The Church of England say that ensoulment takes place about four to five weeks after conception. Personally, I think that abortion should be the decision of the mother and, if necessary, the father. Abortion should only take place if it promises to be better for the foetus, but there should be a limit as to when the abortion can take place. Four weeks after conception, as the foetus can feel pain after this amount of time. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ryan Burns 9G ...read more.

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