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What bible and church teachings might be used in a discussion about 'Abortion'?

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What bible and church teachings might be used in a discussion about 'Abortion'? There is no direct teaching that say's "You shall/shall not allow a woman to have an abortion" despite the fact that abortions did happen in biblical times, therefore abortion is a controversial issue. Christians who seek to argue against abortion on the basis of the Bible use a number of verses that seem to teach that God knows and plans the life of a person before they are born. 'Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness"... So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.' (Genesis 1:26-27 The Holy Bible New International Version - NIV) ...read more.

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Anyone taking away its life is breaking the rules of God. The Catholic Church is strongly against contraception, it is also very strongly against abortion, mainly because it feels all human life is sacred even the unborn baby, it takes this viewpoint from the bible. "Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception; abortion and infanticide are the most abominable of all crimes"[statement from the Roman Catholic Church]. This means that the catholic church's belief on abortion shows that life is sacred even from conception, and abortion is a crime. "If you do make a mistake don't destroy life. Because God says, I have called you by your name, I have carved you in the palm of my hand: you are mine" (Isaiah 43:1) ...read more.

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life that should be protected but abortion can be accepted in the right circumstance, they also state that abortion may be acceptable if the child is going to put the life of its mother at risk. Jesus said nothing about abortion but he had a special concern for children. Jesus said, "let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Matthew 19 14-15). He also taught much about the need to care for the weak in society. If life is sacred, a gift from God then it cannot be acceptable to take life. If life begins after birth, then to abort would not go against teachings about the holiness of life. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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