• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

The Christian teaching about abortion.

Extracts from this document...


Abortion is the intentional killing of an unborn child in the womb. This issue generates a lot of deep emotions. It is an issue about human rights, the most fundamental right of all - the right to life. There are lots of angles from which we can look at this subject for example from the perspective of the church or a pro-choice point of view. The church teaches that from the moment of conception a potential human being exists. It may be very tiny, only the size of a dot (.) but it is still a human being and deserves protection. Pope Paul VI once stated, "Human life is sacred, all men must recognise that fact." Abortion, like murder, has been practised from earliest times and has been regarded as gravely wrong. Up to the twentieth century, those who caused abortions were always regarded as criminals. It is not strange that abortion has been looked on with horror in the past as the taking of innocent life. What is strange are the ways this feeling of horror has been blunted in recent years, so that many countries now permit abortions to be performed, and some even encourage them. ...read more.


Some Christians who were faced with the reason of abortion being that the mother of the child was raped, and so it is unwanted, a Christians may speak to the mother abort what Jesus taught us, and that is, "Thou shalt not kill." A practising Christian mother may take this into consideration and not proceed with the abortion, as she considers her faith an important factor in her life, and also because she will have the chance to bring new life into the world. When approached with the reason that, a mother wants an abortion due to her health, or the health of her child or the child is simply not wanted, a Christian may oppose the issue of abortion by explaining to her that the child has dignity and that respect must be shown to the baby and so childbirth must take place, so the child can have the sacrament of baptism. Mothers that want an abortion due to their very young age, or that there is no father for support, may be given the advise from a Christian that an organisation named 'Cura' could aid her in giving her all the support she needs to get though to child birth, and support when the child is born, and provide her with financial aid. ...read more.


It is sacred and has dignity Furthermore, we see by the church's teaching, that abortion is seen as murder and so shouldn't take place under any circumstances, and also see how important the sacrament of baptism is, as it gives you the strength, to live your life avoiding sin, in the way that God wanted us to. The Roman Catholic teaching is that abortion is totally wrong, but if an unborn child is killed indirectly, in an attempt to save the life of its mother, it is acceptable but in no other circumstances must you kill a n unborn child in any way. Anglicans take a different line, arguing that if a mother is likely to die in childbirth, it is absurd to look upon the unborn child's life as more valuable than the mother's. The mother has responsibilities as a wife. She may already have children to care for. To regard her life as less valuable than the child's does not consider the mother's right to live in terms of her wider roles as wife or mother of other children as well as in terms of her own person. To conclude, the Christian teaching about abortion states that they are morally wrong and shouldn't take place as life should have dignity and be respected and in no way or under and circumstances be wasted. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Abortion and other medical issues section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Abortion and other medical issues essays

  1. What is mean by the word abortion?

    However, teachings on delayed Ensoulment counter this view. St Augustine's Delayed Ensoulment theory came about in the 13th century when it was argued that the male foetus becomes a human being at 40 days and a female at 90 days after conception.

  2. Explain The Dillema A Christian Mother Faces When She Discovers She Is Pregnant With ...

    Christian teaching possesses a keen desire to follow and apply the teachings of the bible. However given the fact that the bible doesn't comment directly on abortion, and has conflicting interpretations, some denominations vary in their views. Generally though, the church is united, against abortion.

  1. Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibilities for those at the beginning and ...

    They certainly do not allow switching off a life-support machine and then allowing the patient to starve to death. Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying person.

  2. Abortion is acceptable in some circumstances.

    is certain that if that baby is born that it will have such a poor quality of life that it is permissible to abort him or her. This is the way of thinking of the Methodist Church. The Methodist church in 1976 said that abortion is morally justifiable in cases of handicap, large families, poverty and bad housing.

  1. 'Sanctity of life' a christian perspective.

    *When does life being and end? Advances in technology over the past decades means doctors are now able to create life where there was none before and people who would once have died are now kept alive. What are the suggestions of this for the idea of God being the sole creator or giver and taker of life?

  2. A study of Christian beliefs about abortion in comparison with the ethical consideration of ...

    This was closely linked to the question of when the soul entered the human body. St Augustine (4th century theologian) maintained that God implanted the soul at 46 days. However, Saint Thomas Aquinas (13th century philosopher and theologian) maintained that the souls of girls were implanted at 90 days and the souls of boys at 40 days.

  1. In what way is this teaching understood and interpreted by two major Christian denominations?

    'By the authority which Christ conferred upon Peter and his successors, and in communion with the bishops of the Catholic Church, I confirm that the direct and voluntary killing of an innocent human being is always gravely immoral.' (Papal Encyclical 1995)

  2. Abortion: A Christian perspective

    At what point does it obtain this soul? Some believe that God decides when to give this child, or foetus, a soul, but this time could be at any point in its development. This view does not make any form of abortion legal, then, since a foetus could have a soul at any moment.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work