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Christian Attitudes to Abortion

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Christian Attitudes to Abortion For Christians there are many sources of authority; leaders of the church, religious teachers, and even their own conscience. The main source however is the Bible; it helps guide Christians, and affects their attitude towards everyday life. Abortion, the act of terminating the life of a foetus (unborn child) before it has had a chance to live, was legalised in England in 1967 (The Abortion Act), however many Christians are still undecided on whether the act is morally correct. The early Christians regarded fertility as one of Gods greatest blessings, and the idea of abortion was totally alien to them. The word abortion is not directly mentioned in the Bible, and no Christian group actually supports abortion, but some Christians understand that everyone should have an equal right to choice. ...read more.

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This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: `Love your neighbour as yourself.' If you wouldn't want to be brought up in the only circumstances you can provide, then you shouldn't expect someone else to be brought up in them. You should be able to treat your child, as you would want to be treated. Christians who argue against abortion have been taught that life begins at conception: 'You knit me together in my mother's womb...my frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place...your eyes saw my unformed body' (Psalm 139:13-16). This quote suggests that God created humans, so they should be allowed to grow up the way he wanted. ...read more.

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There are never circumstances where abortion should be considered because if the mother cannot support the baby the baby can be adopted. Many Anglicans and Methodists believe that life begins at viability (the point at which a foetus becomes a baby and could survive independently away from the mother). Abortion is wrong but justifiable if there was a chance of greater harm to the mother, or if the child was an outcome of rape. The Protestant Church is reluctant to take such a hard line as Catholics and believe it accepts that there are certain circumstances where abortion is an unavoidable consequence of deciding between the lesser of two evils. Other Christians believe that Abortion should be left to the woman's own conscience, which will be guided by God. They believe the decision to continue a pregnancy should not be forced upon anyone. ...read more.

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