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Describe the teachings of Christianity which might be used in a discussion about abortion.

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Qu A ii) Describe the teachings of Christianity which might be used in a discussion about abortion. "When does human life begin?" A question many people have been intrigued by for many years. Ensoulment, when the sperm enters the body and life has been said to occur in the sperm before conception, at conception, at the time of the quickening when the mother first feels the foetus moving inside her, or at birth. Some say it may even happen later. Due to the lack of technology early Christians believed human life starts when the baby starts to move. St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas believed the foetus has no soul until the time of the quickening on the grounds that the embryo does not look human. Because of this belief, they did not consider early term abortion (before quickening) to be murder. However, in the seventeenth century when the first microscopes were used to examine sperm cells they were thought to show a fully formed human being. ...read more.


Every single one is equally valuable whether someone is rich or poor, intelligent or disabled, whether physically or mentally. If someone is suffering and is in much pain it is of god's plan and he has a unique purpose for every life. God is omniscient meaning he knows every human being before they are born. "Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them has come to be." Psalm 139.13-16. An example of this is when god tells Jeremiah that he intended him to become a prophet before he was conceived. Jeremiah 1.4-6. The whole belief of sanctity of life means that all Christians believe that abortion is not good. The unborn child deserves life and respect because everybody is cherished. John Calvin, a leading protestant theologian once said abortion is worse than killing a man in his own home. However, different denominations of Christians have different views on abortion. The Roman Catholic Church believes abortion is forbidden. The only exception is if the mother's life is at risk. ...read more.


"The thief comes only to steel and kill and destroy, I have come that they may have life and live it to the full." John 10.10 Christians should show compassion by caring and loving a woman seeking abortion. "Love your neighbour as yourself." Even if you don't think abortion is right, you should look after and respect the woman having this hard decision. A Christian act would be to discuss the problem with the pregnant mother and respect her decisions. "Don't not judge, or you too will be judged." Matthew 7. If people did not show compassion and abortion was made illegal, this would still not stop women from having an abortion illegally. This would often lead to injury as the abortion maybe not be done right. Before abortion was made illegal in the UK there were between 40,000 and 200,000 illegal abortions made each year and about 30 women died from it in a year and many were injured physically and mentally. Some Christians argued that the most moral thing to do was to legalise abortion. David Steel was the MP who introduced the abortion bill. He was a Christian himself, proving not all Christians are against abortion. ...read more.

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