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Some religious arguments for Contraception and abortion

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Some religious arguments for Contraception and abortion Contraception: A means of stopping conception (pregnancy) taking place by chemical or mechanical means. There are a variety of viewpoints on contraception from the different Christian churches. Most couples in modern society feel the need to control the numbers of children that they have. The Roman Church teaches that all artificial (chemical or barrier) are wrong as the primary reason for sexual intercourse should be to have children. However the RC church does not condemn natural family planning which means that the woman is aware of the times when she is fertile and the times that she is not. There is much controvosy over these views especially in places where there is overpopulation. Many Roman Catholics use birth control and settle their own consciences. "It is right and proper for parents to regulate the number of children that they have and the spaces between the children, but not be means that which artificially make it impossible for sexual intercourse to result in conception (pregnancy)." ...read more.

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the RC church also states "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 RC 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. If there is a serious risk to the mother's life 2. If conception takes place as a result of rape 3. If there is a grave risk that the baby will be born handicapped "We affirm that every human life, created in the divine image is unique ...and that this holds for each of us, born or yet to be born. ...read more.

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So if anyone destroys the temple God will destroy them for God's temple is holy and you are are that temple" [1 Corinthians 3:16-17] The question that we must ask when considering the issue is "Is Abortion Murder?" 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 they are killing a human being capable of experiencing sensations. ...read more.

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