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Christian (Roman Catholic) perspectives on personal, social and world issues - abortion

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Dorin symon Paper 2B Christian (Roman Catholic) perspectives on personal, social and world issues Centre no: 20809 Candidate no: 0161 St Francis of Assisi AO1) a) What is meant by the term abortion? b) What biblical and church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion? Abortion is the deliberate termination of a pregnancy. Pope John Paul II recalls that the Vatican II described abortion as an 'unspeakable crime'. (Gaudium et Specs 51). Abortion is also said to be a lethal attack on the body of a child, with or without the intention of ending its life. An unborn child is called an embryo until 8nweeks after which it is called a foetus. Before 1967, abortion was illegal this la w even though it aimed to protect the lives of unborn babies, it failed to protect the lives of the baby and the mother. For women without money 'backstreet' abortion became an option. Poor hygiene, use of banned drugs and lack of sterile equipments meant that many women not only killed their babies but also put their own lives in danger. Many women bled to death. The abortion act of 1967 was passed by David Steel, a Christian politician to reduce the number of deaths, infections and injuries. ...read more.


The Roman Catholic Church is quite clear. Dorin symon Paper 2B Christian (Roman Catholic) perspectives on personal, social and world issues Centre no: 20809 Candidate no: 0161 St Francis of Assisi The Catechism of the Catholic Church 2270 states that, "Human life must be respected and protected from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence a human being must be recognised as having the rights of a person..." This makes it clear that the Catholic Church is pro-life. The RC church argues that when the child is in the womb does it not grow and breathe just like other humans. The Catholic Church believes that abortion is wrong and should never be allowed. Many Catholics would argue that abortion goes against the sixth commandment "do no kill". The foetus is a human life and killing it would be considered as murdered. Catholics also believe that children are gift from God. When a couple have intercourse they should not rule out possibilities of conceiving. The church teaches that there is God given link between sex and fertility, which people should respect in their sexual behaviour. Modern scientific research is trying to prove that a foetus has the same characteristics as a developed human. ...read more.


who work to protect the lives of unborn babies. LIFE is also another organisation which aims to provide alternatives to abortion and offer long term support and care. Zo�'s hospice is a hospice where disabled and dying children are looked after. They aim to provide help to parents to deal with their fears and grief and to make the last few days of the children as happy as possible. This work is however quite hard. The Missionary Sisters Dorin symon Paper 2B Christian (Roman Catholic) perspectives on personal, social and world issues Centre no: 20809 Candidate no: 0161 St Francis of Assisi Of Charity in Washington DC once stated in a news report that, "Keeping up our spirits in the fight against abortion has become increasingly difficult as it has come to be accepted as an absolutely integral part of modern life." Every child is precious and a unique gift from God. No one has the right to end life. God is the giver of life and every child regardless of its disabilities should be welcomed by parents. The UN declaration on human rights states that, "The child, by reason of its physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth." It is extremely wrong to kill an innocent child, however God is willing to forgive all sins, providing, we are truly sorry for them. ...read more.

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