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Explain How Christians Might Put Their Beliefs About Abortion Into Action

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Rachel Third 10AT Religious Education Coursework Explain How Christians Might Put Their Beliefs About Abortion Into Action There are many ways in which Christians who are against abortion, or "ProLife" might put their beliefs into action. ProLife Christians would say they believe that all human life is equally valuable and that abortion denies a basic human right: the right to live. They believe that God values and planned for every life, as it says in Jeremiah 1:5, "I chose you before I gave you life... before you were born, I selected you to be a prophet to the nations." For this reason they could join the organisations SPUC or LIFE who campaign to make abortions illegal, and aim to persuade others that the destruction of life is always wrong. These organisations produce emotive anti-abortion posters and leaflets, campaign and protest for new laws, write letters to MPs, offer educational material for schools and counselling and support to young women considering an abortion. Some Christians even vote for candidates in elections who share their views on abortion. For example, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Conner, the Leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England decided to vote conservative in the 2005 elections because of their views on abortion, and encouraged all Roman Catholics to do the same. ...read more.

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Roseanne Reddy runs "ProLife Initiative", where she puts her belief that "the abortion law is an immoral law" into action. She talks to schoolchildren about abortion, she conducts counselling for anyone affected by abortion and their family, lovers and friends. She even raises money to buy baby clothes, food and other essentials to help young parents with financial problems. Christians who are ProLife believe that as the foetus cannot speak out for itself therefore it is the duty of others to speak on its behalf. They believe that life begins at conception and is just as sacred before birth as when it has been born. Christians may also chose to voice their opinions about abortion by wearing "Precious Feet" pins, necklaces and rings, or "Life is Precious" awareness bracelets. This is a peaceful campaign, however some Christians feel that violence is the only way to tackle the "evils" of abortion. In 1994, Dr Baynard Britton, an abortionist, and his bodyguard, James Herman Barrett, were shot dead in America by the ProLife activist Paul Hill. Paul Hill was the leader of the "Defensive Action League," which advocated "justifiable homicide" against doctors who perform abortions. ...read more.

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However they say this is only the women's right up until the 14th week of the pregnancy. They seek to raise awareness of abortion and related issues, and do this by organising protests and demonstrations, writing letters, lobbying MPs and producing advertising to voice their opinions on abortion. They believe that to demand women to give personal reasons for not wanting a baby is distressing for the women concerned and many women feel that they are being judged when having to convince two doctors of the reasons that they are seeking abortion. However as they only wish the law to be changed regarding abortion of the foetus before the 14th week of the pregnancy, it could be seen that they agree with the belief that the rights of the foetus increase as it grows and develops in the womb. John Habgood, the former Archbishop of York, as he said, "Personhood is gradually acquired during the process of gestation, which is why allowing late abortions raises bigger moral questions than early abortions." This implied that he agrees with the ProChoice groups who say that the early foetus does not possess all the rights of a person. ...read more.

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