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Explain what teaching Catholics might use in a discussion about abortion.

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AO1 Explain what teaching Catholics might use in a discussion about abortion. Catholics today agree that to directly end the life of a foetus in the womb is a serious moral sin. Genesis tells us "Life begins at conception". This would suggest that from the moment of conception, the foetus is a human and has rights to life. "You shall not murder" Exodus 20:13 informs us that even if the child is in the womb it still has a life and having an abortion is seen as killing someone. "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you." Jeremiah 1:5, suggests that God knows the soul of every foetus, and therefore proves that the fertilised egg is a human life. Catholics believe that God's spirit lives in every person, even in an unborn child and by killing that child you are killing a part of God's family. ...read more.

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"Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception" CCC. This means that as soon as the egg is fertilized it is seen as a new life. Therefore, it would be true to say that Catholics are against abortion since "Thou shall not kill" is one of the commandments. By having an abortion a life is destroyed. This is known as murder. The only time Catholics accept, but not necessarily agree with abortion, is when the mother is in great danger, and is likely to die if the pregnancy continues. However, this does not cover the issue of when a woman has been raped. Catholics believe that is it wrong to kill a child for the wrong doings of the father and for that reason should not be aborted. Overall, the killing of a child is wrong, no matter whether it is in a womb or not. ...read more.

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Believing all abortions are not justified means believing that children that are unwanted into the world are acceptable. Surely this is unfair on the child. On the other hand, Roman Catholics would believe that abortion is always murder and wrong. They believe it is not necessary since it is destroying a new life which God has created. Since they believe all life begins at contraception, the foetus should have equal rights whose those of a grown adult. Life is a gift from God and only he has the right to decide when life is over. Having an abortion is just an easy way out of a problem, with the cost of a life. In conclusion, I feel that abortion should be considered greatly before any pregnant woman decides to have one. It should not just be the easy way out of a situation. Without a doubt, I think that if the woman didn't want a child, she shouldn't of a conceived it. On the grounds of rape, I think the woman should have a choice to keep the baby or not. ...read more.

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