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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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