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Is abortion morally acceptable to Christians?

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Is abortion morally acceptable to Christians? Abortion is premature expulsion of the foetus from the womb, an operation will cause this (Oxford English dictionary). Moral decisions are made by Christians in many different ways. They believe in the Bible, and that it will give them a lot of answers, they may refer to verses like Psalms 139 13-16, which reads: 'For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them became to be.' This, for Christians, explains that God has plans for every human life. The religious person may refer to church tradition and teachings. The tradition may be that the church is entirely against abortion. Christians are people, who believe in God, because there are so many different denominations of Christian groups, you can't just analyse what they believe about abortion with one statements, different Christian denominations believe differently. ...read more.

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The Methodist church all women should be told clearly that there are alternatives to the abortion - fostering or adoption! The Methodist church teach all the above - abortion can only be carried out in certain circumstances, there are other ways other than abortion. They will put all these teachings into practise by putting them into everyday life - go through with an unwanted pregnancy (adopt or fostering if necessary) only have an abortion where it is considered the lesser evil. A biblical teaching can back most of these up i.e thou shall not commit murder. The Church of England does not have anything against contraception. But they do oppose abortion, their most recent statement says that they Bellevue the abortion rate has become unacceptably high. They say that for something that should not be undertaken lightly it has a high rate. They teach their followers: Although abortion is wrong there are times when it has to be undertaken. The medical profession should be supported to undertake an abortion as soon as possible. They say that if an abortion is taking place after 24 weeks it should only be done if it there is a serious foetal handicap where the foetus may only survive for a short period after delivery. ...read more.

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All the different denominations have their own way of dealing with the issue of abortion. From all the research done it could be said that No, abortion it is not morally acceptable to Christians. A lot of the denominations have a good Christian reference to back up what they believe. Most of the Christian denominations oppose abortion. Except for the Roman Catholics, the other denominations all say that abortion has to take place occasionally such as in the case of rape or foetal congenital abnormality. Personally I feel that abortion is only acceptable under certain circumstances - rape, if the pregnancy would cause the death of the child or mother. I also feel that if it is an unwanted pregnancy it is up to the woman through counselling to choose if she is willing to give up the baby at birth for adoption or fostering. If it is so seriously unwanted then she should be able to have a termination of the pregnancy. My opinion is based on various things - information I have read, things I have found out from through this course work. I have a strong leaning towards the teaching of the Salvation Army's view as well as the Church of England. Sarah Hayward. December 2000. ...read more.

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