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Different Christians hold different views on abortion.

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Abortion is defined in the dictionary as, "The expulsion of a foetus (naturally or by medical induction) from the womb before it is able to survive independently (around 28 weeks)." This simply means the foetus is removed by either a natural or medical procedure while loping in the womb where it should be 'nurtured, supported and protected'. Jesus said nothing about abortion but he had a special concern for children. He also taught much about the need to care for the weak in society, so many Christian's feel that he would favour a law protecting the unborn child. Christian's belief in the sanctity of life is central to a Christian understanding of the issue of abortion. If life is sacred, a gift from God then it cannot be acceptable to take life. If life begins after birth, then to abort would not go against teachings about the purity of life. ...read more.

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Which means that the lord decides upon your life and if you don't obide by his rules and understandings then he can do what he wants as a punishment. Different Christians hold different views on abortion, as they are influenced by society around them as well as their faith. Some Christian denominations today, do not give clear teaching on abortion. The Church of England states that ' the foetus is to be specially respected and protected' but 'the life of a foetus is not sacred if it endangers the mothers life. This shows, that the Church of England take a middle view on abortion. Evangelical Christians base their views on the bible and so are 'firmly opposed to abortion'. The catholic church says that abortion is wrong and shouldn't be carried out under any circumstances because they believe it is killing a 'baby' as a former pope states:- "What could ever be a sufficient reason for excusing in any way the direct murder of the innocent? ...read more.

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However, the Church of England and most Protestant Churches are opposed to abortion unless the circumstances are acceptable. But they still disagree with it if there is good reason as they say here. "We affirm that every human life, created in the divine image, is unique... and that this holds for each of us, born or yet to be born. We therefore believe that abortion is an evil." (General Synod of the Church of England) Unlike the Catholic Church, however, most other Christian churches, whilst not condoning abortion as a form of contraception, do accept that in certain extreme circumstances, abortion is the 'lesser of two evils' and will consent to an abortion being carried out if ... there is a serious risk to the mother' s life, ... conception occurs as a result of rape, ... there is a real risk of the baby being handicapped. These are the only conditions which the church of England and other protestant churches will accept. Nicky Baines 10s1 religious Studies 22/04/04 ...read more.

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