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Church views on abortion

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Roman Catholic Church Roman Catholics believe abortion is always wrong as it goes against the natural process of childbirth (and therefore against the will of God). The strongest biblical evidence used against abortion is the prohibition to commit murder (Exodus 20:13) and the teaching that it is God alone who should be the giver and taker of life ('... because he himself gives all [people] life and breath and everything else' (Acts 17:25 NIV)). Christians who are against abortion believe human life is sacred. For these people the embryo/foetus is human (or a potential human), and should be give full human rights. ...read more.


Church of England The Church of England encourages people to think through the issue of abortion very carefully and recognises that each individual will have differing views on the subject. The established protestant church is reluctant to take such a hard view as Roman Catholics in the abortion debate. The church recognizes that there may be certain situations when abortion may seem more appropriate than carrying on with the pregnancy. For example if a woman was raped, it may be felt to be right to terminate the pregnancy. "The church believes that the demand for abortions is unacceptably high. It stresses that abortion should happen as early in the pregnancy as possible and only after serious moral reflection. ...read more.


However, like Protestants, Quakers do not have a set stage in the pregnancy when the foetus becomes a person. Quakers look upon people who have chosen abortion in an emphatic way, as they wish to know 'if it happened to us, what would we do and how would we act?' even if that persons chosen path is disapproved of, it is Quakers teaching that they should be treated with the same respect as any other Quaker would wish for themselves. Quakers believe that the choice of having an abortion or not should be left up to the mother involved and it should involve her conscience. The movement has difficulty reconciling the principle of non-violence, which could argue against abortion, and the wish that women should be able to play a full part in society, which might sometimes justify abortion. ...read more.

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