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Describe the teachings of Christianity, about the sanctity of life in relation to abortion.

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Describe the teachings of Christianity, about the sanctity of life in relation to abortion In the year 1968, abortion was made legal, on condition that a woman must see two doctors (each on a registered premises), to gain consent. The latest date that a termination could be carried out was 28 weeks at this time, but was reduced in 1990 to 24 weeks. The law that considers the latest date for termination does not apply to those women whose pregnancy causes a risk of some kind to the mothers' life, or any woman that carries a handicapped baby. For an abortion to be carried out, consent must be given by two doctors. It must be proven to each of these doctors that if the child is to be born, it will cause some kind of hardship to the mother. The number of abortions has risen steadily. Some people may even say that abortion seems to have become a form of contraception. ...read more.

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God does leave a choice however. There is no saying whether to take up the option of life, even if the life may not be well-spent and good life. 'Man has become like one of us and has knowledge of what is good or bad..', Yet "God saw all that he had made, and it was very good." (Genesis 1:31). If God had created every one of us, surely man is man to decide whether the life of another should be lived? God believes that he has made each person on earth knowledgeable, with some understanding of what is good or bad, and speaks of man in the way that man has become 'one of us'. God refers to himself, as three, -God our father, son, and holy spirit, and suggests in this line that man has gained his knowledge. "Everything created by God is good." (1 Timothy 4:4). God's intention would have been to create good, but if a child is born into a world where it is not wanted by its mother, the circumstances are not good enough, and its chance of life, given by God, may not be given a chance. ...read more.

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The bible defines life as "breath" in many passages, including the story of Adam's creation in Genesis 2:7, when God "breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Matthew 26:24, "..but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born." This verse states that it would have been better for any person who betrayed Jesus if he had never been born. The verse might be interpreted as meaning that a terminated pregnancy might be better than a completed pregnancy, if the child's life would be miserable. Luke 1:35 says, "The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." In this passage, the angels refer to the foetus, which Mary will carry as a "thing," not a person. These verses, each from the bible, are used by Christians to gather a greater understanding of what Christian teachings teach about ideas on the subject of abortion. ...read more.

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