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Christianity - contraception and abortion.

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Christianity: contraception and abortion The Christian church teaches that life is a sacred gift from God: Contraception Abortion Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." Genesis 1:26-27 Contraception Contraception or birth control may be used for a variety of reasons: When pregnancy or childbirth might harm the mental or physical condition of the mother. To limit the number of children which people have in order not to damage their living standards and perhaps affect other children. By people who have sexual relationships but who do not want to have children at this stage in their lives. The various Christian churches have different views on contraception: The Roman Catholic Church says that the use of contraception is against Natural Law (not in keeping with human nature). It is natural that conception may happen with sexual intercourse and therefore this should not be prevented. The only form of contraception permitted is the rhythmmethod where intercourse takes place at a time when the woman is not fertile. Both the Anglican and Methodist Churches see contraception as a responsible way of arranging a family. 1. What a different Christains views on abortion? 2. Why do Christains belive abortion is wrong? 3. What do Christians think about people who have an abortion? 4.If a Christain knew someone who was going to have an abortion, what would they do try and stop them or not do anything? CHHERS Answer:- This answer is posted on behalf of Philip. There are differing views on abortion in the different movements of the Church. ...read more.

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Or b) To continue the pregnancy would involve risk of injury to the physical or mental health of any existing children of the pregnant woman greater that the risks involved in her having an abortion. However the law allows an abortion at any stage of the pregnancy if the doctors agree: 1) That continuing the pregnancy would involve risk to the life of the mother. 2) That an abortion is necessary to prevent grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman. 3) That there is a substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from "such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped". The father of the, foetus to be aborted, has no right to be consulted or to object to the abortion, even if he is married to the mother. It is solely the pregnant woman's decision. Traditional Christian teaching places the highest value on human life, and therefore condemns abortion. One of the earliest Christian writings to say this was the Didache: "You shall not kill by abortion the fruit of the womb, and you shall not murder the infant already born." This document shows that even from a very long time ago Christians believed that abortion was wrong and were against it. Christians consider that even the unborn child in the womb was considered an "infant already born". There are many people who believe that it is at conception that life truly begins well before the actual birth. Even though the foetus does not resemble a baby it is a living being with its own rights as a potential person. One of the strongest quotes in the bible that suggests this is Psalm 139: 13 and 15, "You created every part of me; You put me in my mother's womb... When I was growing there in secret, You knew that I was there You saw me before I was born" This passage effectively shows that life begins even before the baby is born. ...read more.

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Or where new information about serious abnormality in the foetus becomes known after the 20th week. There is indeed also a strong argument on physical, psychological And practical grounds to carry out abortions in the first 3 months where possible". (The Methodist Church) The Methodists think that "life is a gift from God" but they also realise that there may be times when the situation arises that the "quality of life" will take priority over life itself. The Methodists think that abortion is wrong but they think abortion must be used only when the pregnant woman has no other choice. The social and personal factors are also taken into consideration. Humanists and Atheists are people who believe that human destiny is for only humans to decide. They believe in the philosophy of life that human beings have the capacity, intellectual capabilities and moral, to work toward improving conditions of life on our planet. They usually reject supernaturalism and stress an individual's dignity, worth and capacity for self-realization through reason. They also think that since humans are their own masters they think that they should make decisions for themselves without any outside influence, in this case religion. "How much better it would be to serve mankind, which can be benefited, than to "serve" a God who cannot be benefited in any way." (Northeast Atheist Association) "Humanists regard abortion as better than bringing unwanted babies into the world. It is a mistake to say that Humanists are in favour of abortion; no one can be in favour of abortion, which, except in unforeseen circumstances, is the result of failed contraception. We think there will probably always be a certain number of unplanned pregnancies and that the mothers concerned should have the complete choice of either early abortion, or keeping the baby." (Humanist Dipper) The Humanist point of view completely contradicts the Christian point of view so this makes it is easier to see where each point of view is coming from. It also shows that people who do have a faith should, not influence those who do not follow a religion or have beliefs. ...read more.

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