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Explain what Christian teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion.

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ABORTION A. (i) What is meant by the word 'abortion'? Abortion is the termination of pregnancy before the fetes is capable of independent life. Abortion is not asked for after 24 weeks of pregnancy. This can occur naturally or it can be procured by surgical procedure. Definition from the dictionary states that abortion is: The termination of a pregnancy by artificial or chemical means. (ii) Explain what Christian teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion. To a Christian, the Bible is no ordinary book. It is a holy book, sacred and inspired. 'All scripture is inspired by God, and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking the error, correcting faults and giving instruction for right living'. (2 Timothy 3:16, Revised Standard Version). Christians believe that the Bible is in some way the word of God, which can teach, inspire and guide them in their everyday lives. Christian opposition to abortion on demand is based on the Bible's clear teaching that the baby in the womb is a human being created in God's image. Human life has unique value because human beings, though fallen, are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). The psalmist affirms that every life, 'mistake' or not, is God's work. ...read more.


Abortion is a highly emotional issue as it touches on the key question, when does life begin. Christians respond to the question of abortion differently because they are influenced by the society around them as well as by their faith. Some Christian denominations today do not give very clear teaching on abortion. The Roman Catholic Church (RCC) has particularly strong views on abortion. The long tradition of the Roman Catholic Church has been to recognise the unborn child as a human, a gift of God and worthy of complete respect as a human being with the right to life. The RCC teaches that to kill an unborn child at whatever stage is wrong. Even while very tiny and hardly developed, the embryo or foetus is the beginning of human life, and life is God's gift. There is a long tradition of condemnation of abortion within the church. Whatever the reasons advanced for abortion, the RCC teaches that the unborn child should be protected. Abortion should never be used as a means of birth control. In this context it should be noted that several birth control methods are in fact agents of abortion according to the church, since they prevent the fertilised egg from implanting, or they prevent the development fertilised egg in the mother's womb. ...read more.


Abortion is never an action of little moral consequence. Abortion should be performed only for the most serious reasons. Women at times may face exceptional circumstances that present serious moral or medical dilemmas, such as significant threats to the pregnant woman's life, serious jeopardy to her health, severe congenital defects carefully diagnosed in the foetus and pregnancy resulting from rape or incest. The final decision whether to terminate the pregnancy or not should be made by the pregnant woman after appropriate consultation. She should be aided in her decision by accurate information, biblical principles, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Christian's opposition to abortion on demand is based on the Bible's clear teaching that the baby in the womb is a human being created in God's image, and has therefore the same right to life afforded to all his children. c. 'Abortion is never justified'. Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answer and show that you have thought about different points of view. You must refer to Christianity in your answer. Most people are glad to be alive, but not all life is wanted. The girl who gets pregnant nine months before important exams would willingly get rid of the life in her womb. On the other hand, contraception may fail or women may be raped. Why, under such circumstances, should a woman be forced to give birth to an unwanted child. ...read more.

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