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What is Abortion?

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Abortion Abortion is the termination of pregnancy by artificial means, before the foetus is capable of independent life. The Bible contains no direct teaching on abortion as such. The first mention of abortion is in an early Christian handbook dating from 100AD called the 'Didache'. This book teaches human life, being of the highest value and so completely condemns abortion, and likens the practice of abortion with murder, therefore completely condemning the act of abortion; "Thou shall not kill by abortion the fruit of the womb and you shall not murder the infant already born". (The 'fruit of the womb' is referring to the embryo). ...read more.


A Christian might also turn to the teaching of his or her particular denomination. There is an unusual link between very different denominations. The Roman Catholic Church, the fundamentalist right wing Christians (particularly in America) and the Pro-life movement (e.g.-Southern Baptist Churches) have joined forces to put pressure on politicians to vote against abortion and close down abortion clinics. The Roman Catholic preposition is that a human life with a soul is there from the moment of conception and condemns abortion in all circumstances. Roman Catholic Churches justify this because of their belief that God knows of life from the moment of conception, and that abortion rejects his sovereignty, as he is in charge of life. ...read more.


A further quote from the Church of England states that; 'Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception.' A quote from Mother Teresa says; 'If you do make a mistake, don't destroy the life.' The areas in which the Church of England and Methodist Church accept abortion as a use of termination of the foetus are as follows: * If the mothers life is in danger through the continuing of the pregnancy. * If the baby is severely handicapped and would not have any quality of life. * If the pregnancy has come about by rape or by incest. However the Church of England and Methodist Church do not agree with the civil law conditions which allow abortion for more social reasons; such as not having the finance required for the raising of a child. Laith Sheena 10B -2- ...read more.

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