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Explain how the belief that human life is sacred affects the attitude of Christians to the issue of abortion.

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Explain how the belief that human life is sacred affects the attitude of Christians to the issue of abortion. What is abortion? Abortion can come in two forms: natural abortions, also called miscarriages, and procured or intentional abortions. A procured abortion is the 'termination of pregnancy and expulsion of a foetus that is in capable of survival. Basically, what we are examining here is abortion as the intentional termination and removal of the unborn foetus while it is still in side the womb. The Catholic Church teaches that life begins at conception; "for it was you who created my being, knit me together in my mothers womb, I thank you for the wonder of my being, for the wonders of all creation (psalm 139)" ...read more.

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It is wrong to take life, as we have already seen in the 5th commandment, therefore abortion is wrong. The church claims that every person has the right to a natural life. A foetus is a person and abortion destroys its right to life, so it follows that abortion is wrong. Some fundamentalist Protestants share the same view as Catholics. They believe that human life begins at conception and is sacred to god and so abortion is wrong. Some Christians believe that abortion may be allowed ain circumstances as the lesser of two evils, so abortion is discouraged but not banned. ...read more.

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The Catholic Church takes a Pro-life stance in defence of the unborn child. Supporters of abortion claim to be Pro-choice- that the woman has the right to decide what to do with her own body, - have the baby or get it killed. However these pro-choice supporters exclude the baby any choice in whether it should live or be killed. Since the old testament abortion has been declared wrong, and life seen as beginning from conception; "the word of Yahweh was addressed to me, saying, "before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you came to birth I consecrated you; I have appointed you..."(Jeremiah 1), so who are we to challenge this thousands of years later? ...read more.

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