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For this reason the Roman Catholic Church actually forbid abortion and have the view that if you fall pregnant by mistake then you should suffer the consequences and not pay a doctor to remove the "problem" as they see their unborn child.

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Christians believe in the sanctity of life. This means that God created each life in his own image and therefore every life should be valued as much as another human being whether it is a newly conceived foetus or a fully developed adult. For this reason the Roman Catholic Church actually forbid abortion and have the view that if you fall pregnant by mistake then you should suffer the consequences and not pay a doctor to remove the "problem" as they see their unborn child. I think we must ask ourselves why the unborn child should suffer because of neglect on their potential parent behalf. After all if the adult consented to sex then they also consented and should accept responsibility for any chance of conceiving during sexual intercourse. The other point to remember is that far too many youngsters and teenagers are getting themselves or getting others pregnant because of illegal consumption of either alcohol or drugs, in same cases both!! It could however be argued that abortion is an option when the reasons for it are right and moral. ...read more.

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Is that right? The other main scenario to consider is if the baby has a high probability of being handicapped when it is born. This is completely up to the parents of the child; after all they are the ones who will have to look after it. You must also bear in mind the quality of this Childs life when it is born and growing up. From the time that the ovum is fertilised a new life is begun which is neither that of the father or the mother. It is the life of a new human being with its own growth. It would never become human if it were not human already" Document on Procured Abortion (1974) The Church of England and most of the Protestant churches agree with the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches in principle but they agree that each case is special. Therefore while abortion is generally not accepted, especially as a method of birth control, it may be permitted in certain cases: 1. ...read more.

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as no Christian should contemplate murder (6th commandment "You shall not kill"). Obviously a fully grown baby emerging from the womb is alive in its own right but is the union of sperm and ovum (the zygote) "alive" in a recognised sense ? The foetus has a 'brain' and a circulatory system - is this enough? Should we consider the moment that the foetus can survive outside the womb as the moment it becomes alive? Then do we consider the use of medicine to keep it alive? It is vital for Christians to be able to answer this question for they must support one side of the argument. Either the doctors who perform the operation are removing an unthinking, unfeeling bundle of protoplasm from the mother's womb, or are they in effect murdering a human life. A human life who may actually be capable of having the five senses that we, as human beings posses. For example this would include being able to hear or/and see what is going on around them. But definitely more importantly be capable of seeing what is going on around them. ...read more.

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