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What Biblical and Church teachings might be used in a discussion about Abortion?

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RS1: A) What is meant by the term Abortion? B) What Biblical and Church teachings might be used in a discussion about Abortion?. There is no precise answer to the term abortion, as there are many different interpretations. The Oxford English dictionary defines abortion as: ' the expulsion of a foetus naturally or by medical induction, from the womb before it is able to survive independently'. The Roman Catholic Church says that: ' since the first century the church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable'. My personal interpretation of abortion is: 'the killing of an innocent human being who can not make any decisions for his or herself'. Many people disagree on what to call the child in the womb. A cell is formed and at this stage is called a Zygote. These cells then gradually divide and grow. ...read more.

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More recently, the 'Human fertilization and embryology Act', was passed in 1990. Under this act, abortion is now legal if two or more Doctors agree on whether it can take place. There are many groups, which are for or against abortion. Both LIFE and SPUC (society for the protection of the unborn child) are anti-abortion. LIFE helps single mothers raise their children and provide security and counselling. SPUC are similar but have a more radical approach. Different Christians hold different views on abortion, as they are influenced by society around them as well as their faith. Some Christian denominations today, do not give clear teaching on abortion. The Church of England states that ' the foetus is to be specially respected and protected' but 'the life of a foetus is not sacrosanct if it endangers the mothers life. This shows, that the Church of England take a middle view on abortion. ...read more.

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This teaching is very significant as it tells us that God has a purpose for each and every one of us. Abortion may be carried out if the child will be handicapped, although the Roman Catholic Church is against it. However, people like Stephen Hawking; a famous scientist and Garvan Byrne show, that despite their handicaps you can still lead a fulfilled life. These people are examples of what Jerimiah has taught us. Jesus died on the cross for us, he did this to save everyone form sin. Jesus did not discriminate by race, gender etc and taught us to do the same. The Roman Catholic Church teaches us that we are made in Gods image and therefore all equal. This even applies to the unborn child, as 'from the moment of conception it must be defended in its integrity and cared for, like any other human being'. Doctors predictions about the health of the child, are not always accurate and they have been known to abort healthy babies. This undermines the Christian Teaching, which states that 'All life is a gift from God'. 1 ...read more.

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