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Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibility for the unborn child

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Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibility for the unborn child Christians believe that life comes from God, and therefore it is sacred and should be preserved. These beliefs are firstly evident in the text of the Old Testament: "Made in the image of God, God breathed life into all living things." Genesis This explains that from the moment of conception (new life), the unborn child is in the image of God, and should be treated equally and the same who is alive and outside the protection of the mother's womb. "You shall not kill" Exodus This reference from Exodus is self-explanatory and means that a human being should not be killed under any circumstances or at any stage of life whether inside or outside the womb. In the New Testament we are also told that the unborn child in the mother's womb is precious, the recognition of human life in the Elizabeth's womb is a clear sign of when life begins, "When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leapt in her womb." ...read more.

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"From the time that the ovum is fertilised, a life is begun which is neither that of the father nor of the mother. It is rather the life of a new human being with its own growth. It would never be made human if it were not human already" Para. 12 For me this is the most poignant of all the quotes that can be found in the declaration and I feel that it perfectly explains the beliefs that Christians have about their responsibility for the unborn child. In the eyes of the Church abortion is seen as murder. However, people ask for abortions because of various reasons which are sometimes very serious, the declaration covers these situations by stating: "This does not mean that one can remain indifferent to these sorrows and miseries. Every man and woman with feeling, and certainly every Christian, must be ready to do what he can to remedy them" Para. 26 This shows us the fact that the Catholic Church deems abortion unacceptable in all circumstances. ...read more.

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Yet in extreme circumstances as when the mother's life/health takes precedence over the probable life of the foetus. Most Christian denominations teach that abortion is wrong, but some permit it in cases where the life of the mother takes precedence over the probable life of the foetus. Yet the Christian denomination of Methodism and others like it leave the decision on abortion up to the individual. To take a more liberal view of Christian's responses for the unborn child I refer to a poll taken in 1988, where the question asked was, 'Do you think that women should have the right to choose abortion in the first few months of pregnancy?' Of those who replied the majority of members of both the Catholic Church and the Church of England were in favour, with results of 66% and 86% respectively. In conclusion, most Christian denominations teach that abortion is wrong, but it appears that the vast majority ordinary Christians on the street would agree that it would be satisfactory if the pregnant woman was allowed to make the decision whether to have an abortion or not. ...read more.

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