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What is meant by abortion? What biblical and church teaching might be used in a discussion about abortion?

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Before you come to birth, I consecrated you; I appointed you as prophet to the nations" (Jeremiah 1:5). Christian belief in the sanctity of life is influential when it comes to its belief in abortion. Because life starts at conception, Christians believe it is wrong to abort a child artificially because it is the deliberate killing of a defenceless human being, in other words it is murder. No doctor or mother has the right to destroy it and whilst it is defenceless, it is our duty to protect it until it can protect itself. "All human life is sacred. All men must recognise this fact" (Humanae vitae, pope John Paul VI). Abortion is wrong in the eyes of the church for a few reasons: An unborn child is still a life and killing it is murder. Each unborn baby has rights equal to those of other human beings and it is not our position to say whether it has the right to be born or not. Most abortions are not because giving birth is going to danger the mother but because the mother and father were careless. ...read more.

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