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What biblical and church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion?

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What biblical and church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion? Biblical There is no mention of abortion in the bible anywhere. This is most probably because no-one would have wanted an abortion during the time the bible was written. A lot of babies died at birth because of very poor health care, and an extra child in the family meant an extra child to work and earn money. There were no scanning machines either, meaning you would not know if your baby was going to be disabled or not. A disabled child was supported when born if they had Christian parents though. Abortions were heard of in the second century in the didache, which said "you shall not kill by abortion the fruit of the womb". Most Christians don't believe in abortions at all. They don't believe it is right for doctors to 'play god', making decisions about other peoples life and death. Christians believe you should let nature take its course, but if you do this, and completely ignore medicine, there would be millions of deaths throughout the years from the simplest of things. ...read more.

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Christians believe anything god makes is alive, even sperm. In Exodus ch20 v13 is says "do not commit murder", and so abortion is wrong. Others believe a baby is not alive until it leaves the womb, and some believe it is not alive until after 24 weeks. The first words spoken by a man in the bible are "the LORD gave and now He has taken away". They were said by a man called Job, and would mean that it is god that provides life for all things, and it is him that will take life away from things. No one can act god in this sense, as god is working on it 24/7. The following quote was from a king in the Old Testament and was moaning generally about the state of the world and all the injustice that goes on. "Better off are those who have never been born, who have never seen the injustice that goes on in this world". You could use this to support abortion, saying that you shouldn't bring a baby into the world if your not going to love them. ...read more.

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The Baptist Union of Great Britain reckons the best way to describe when a baby's life begins is when the father and mother form a relationship with the unborn child. Their debate on abortion is often couched of terms of principles. The protagonist defends either the rights of the unborn child or the rights of the mother. Some would say the rights of the mother are above them of the baby as the mother has already started a life and formed relationships. Most Baptists favour the restriction of access to legal abortion permitted under British law. The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) believe a decision should be made rightly, not quickly. The Quaker Society doesn't issue statements willy nilly like other religions. They feel if everyone feels the same there's no point. For example, Quakers see no need to issue a statement condemning child abuse because it is clearly wrong, but as they have mixed views on abortions, it is here where a statement is needed, but for a testimony to be reached, Quakers need to see a need for abortion as a whole group, if there is any. ...read more.

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