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Describe the teachings about abortion and the sanctity of life, which are found in the Bible.

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Describe the teachings about abortion and the sanctity of life, which are found in the Bible An abortion is a premature expulsion of the foetus from the womb. It may be natural (miscarriage) or induced. Abortion causes many problems for Christians. It raises a number of issues and poses many questions: When exactly does life begin? Is one life more important then the other? Who should decide? Abortion is highly emotive because it is literally a life or death decision. I don't have a very strong opinion on this topic because there are a lot of factors to be considered and it should not be a decision taken lightly. I think it is wrong to make a mother keep her baby if it is going to be severally handicapped or if the mother has been raped. I think that if the mother went along with the birth of a baby which was clearly a mistake, because she was raped, then that baby would be a constant reminder in her life of the disturbing event. I don't think the mother should be able to have an abortion whenever she wants for any reason, because the foetus shouldn't have to suffer because the parents made a mistake. I would therefore put myself under the same set of believes as a person from the Protestant Church. Different churches have different points of views on this topic. ...read more.

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In Matthew 18 v 12-13 'If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, he would leave the ninety nine and go into the mountains and look for it, when he finds the astray sheep he will rejoice more over that sheep than the other ninety nine which didn't go astray'. Christians take this to mean that every single person has a place in this earth and nobody will be forgotten. In Jeremiah 1 v 4-5 it is quoted 'before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations'. This quote has been taken by Christians to mean that before the baby was formed in the body, God already knew it and before the baby came out of the womb, it had already been blessed and God made sure it was a prophet to the nations. Therefore this quote is against abortion because it is implying that the baby has already been blessed by God and is already a person. When people are considering this topic, they may refer to the Bible as a source of reassurance to their beliefs because it has teaching from God. But there are sections which can be take to support abortion too. ...read more.

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The Church Of England has interpreted this to mean the life of the foetus is important but not as important as the mothers because if the mother's life was lost it would affect more people than if the foetus' life was lost. '...Abortion is generally undesirable but that it may be acceptable in some circumstances' was stated by Christians For Free Choice and although the quote doesn't state the circumstances in which it is acceptable, it clarifies that each situation has to be looked at and treated individually. The following quote states the 3 circumstances in which The Church Of England thinks abortion is acceptable. '...While abortion should not be accepted - certainly not as a method of birth control - it may be permitted in certain cases:' 1. If there is a serious risk to the mother's life 2. If conception takes place as a result of rape 3. If there is a grave risk that the baby will be born handicapped The Church Of England has taken this to mean that there are 3 cases when abortion is acceptable and to withhold compassion is evil but abortion should not be used as a method of contraception. The main comparison between the different churches beliefs is that the Catholic Church think abortion is wrong in any circumstances and The Church Of England has 3 circumstances in which they think abortion is acceptable but otherwise they agree with each other, accepting that it really is an undesirable response to a difficult situation. ...read more.

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