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Explain Biblical and Church Teachings, which might be used in a discussion about abortion?

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Abortion i) What is meant by the term "abortion"? In the dictionary, abortion is defined as a termination of pregnancy, which means expulsion of a foetus or an expulsion of an embryo that is incapable of survival. It also says that it is a "cessation" of normal growth, especially of an organ or other body part, prior to full development or maturation. Some people regard abortion as murder and others regard abortion as a natural operation performed on mothers who do not want a baby for particular reasons such as financial problems or in more serious cases, forms of abuse like rape. For many centuries, it was considered a serious crime to destroy a child in the mother's womb but in 1967, Parliament passed a law permitting abortion ...read more.

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"You are God's temple and God's spirit lives in you! If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy and you yourselves are his temple". This means do not destroy ANY life for you represent God and should look after your body in a respectful way (i.e. no use of alcohol or drugs etc). In the early centuries, Church teachings state that abortion was only allowable up to forty days after conception because it was believed that this time was when the unborn child received its soul (called ensoulment)-this meaning was based on early understandings of science and nowadays is not generally accepted. Roman Catholics think that it is wrong to kill an unborn child, regardless of the stage of development and circumstance. ...read more.

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On the other hand, the United Reformed Church and some Anglicans and Methodists understands and recognizes that there are a wide range of views and circumstances which should be considered under all aspects of this issue of whether or not abortion is allowable or not. In my personal opinion, I do not know whether or not abortion is right or wrong for I do not have that much knowledge or any experience of these circumstances. However, from what I have researched I think everybody has to consider everyone's views about abortion and look at the certain aspects carefully in order to make the correct decision in an appropriate manner and in a non-biased way. ...read more.

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