• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Describe Christian teaching, which might be used in the discussion about abortion.

Extracts from this document...


Describe Christian teaching, which might be used in the discussion about abortion. Abortion is the premature expulsion of the foetus from the womb. There can be a number of reasons why people have abortions, either social or medical reasons. The social reasons are teenage pregnancies. When there is no financial support, when pregnancy is inconvient e.g. somebody is in a good job and could lose it. A family could have too many children already or not be ready to have children yet. Or the baby could be a mistake through a failure of contraception. The medical reasons include, rape, incest, incurable genetic disorder, if there is a high risk of a handicapped child, if the pregnancy affects the health of the mother or something goes wrong in pregnancy. Abortion used to be a crime in the UK but is legal since the abortion act in 1967. ...read more.


Nonetheless the life of the foetus is not absolutely sacrosanct if it endangers the life of the mother." C of E 1984 The Church of England therefore condemns abortion unless the life of the mother is endangered. Another church view is the Church of Scotland: " Abortion has no moral justification and represents the unwanted destruction of human life, ' made in the image of God' .... In the great majority of cases." Therefore it can be seen that the Church of Scotland has no absolute view on abortion so this makes it very difficult for Christians to make their decisions. The Protestant view of abortion is that it is generally undesirable but that it may be acceptable in some circumstances. To add to this the Roman Catholic Church teaches that deliberate procured abortion is a serious sin in all circumstances; this is where the foetus is deliberately killed and removed from the womb. ...read more.


Another Christian teaching, which can affect their view of abortion, is situation ethics. This is where each situation is judged individually to decide what would be the right or wrong thing to do. Some Christians would apply this to abortion and say that although abortion is morally wrong the situation surrounding it is right. In conclusion it can be seen that there are a range of views about abortion in Christianity, and Christians have many ways of responding to the question of abortion. They can find the answers of everyday problems such as abortion from the bible, their conscience or the teaching of the Church. However some denominations do not give clear teaching on abortion. The Church of England, Scotland and Protestant Churches all hold the view that abortion is wrong except in certain circumstances. The Roman Catholic Church however holds the view that abortion is wrong and in no circumstances should be considered right. So therefore it is hard for Christians to ever justify abortion. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Abortion and other medical issues section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Abortion and other medical issues essays

  1. Aii] What biblical and church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion?

    - St. Basil the Great [329- 379], "First Canonical Letter," Three Canonical Letters. All three of the church teachings above make some sort of link between abortion being the equivalent to murder, and two of them say how the person responsible for the abortion should be punished.

  2. What biblical and church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion?In the ...

    of life, when Christians say this, they mean that they believe there is something special and holy about life and try to follow the meaning of sanctity of life by doing good to themselves and good to others. This means that Christians try to treat all kinds of human life with respect.

  1. The Christian teaching about abortion.

    In fact, if the foetus is human at any time it must be human all the time, from the very first moment of conception. In the U.S unborn children can be aborted at any time up until 48 hours prior to the mother going into labour!

  2. A study of Christian beliefs about abortion in comparison with the ethical consideration of ...

    Yet Singer argues that the gap between infanticide and abortion on the grounds of handicap is narrowing. The UK Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (1990), permits abortion at any stage on the grounds of foetal abnormality. In other words, there is already an accepted implicit view that some human beings

  1. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that human life is sacred. Explain how this teaching ...

    Jesus said: 'Aren't five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one sparrow is forgotten by god. Even the hairs on your head have all been counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth much more than many sparrows!' I think what Jesus meant by this was all life deserves respect.

  2. Abortion discussion.

    to buy protection" this one is one of the simplest excuses so they tend not to do the abortion because is it a waist of there time. Now the people that want abortion have to court now so they can see if the abortion is worth to take the doctors time.

  1. In what way is this teaching understood and interpreted by two major Christian denominations?

    Catholics regard this potential life as a human with all the rights befitting it. Genesis 1v27: 'God created humans in his own image, In the image of God he created them, Male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them; "Be fruitful and increase."'

  2. Describe Christian teaching about abortion.

    is a pro-life organisation that started in 1967. People who thought that it was wrong to make abortion legal formed this group.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work