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WHAT IS THE CHRISTIAN ATTITUDE TOWARDS ABORTION?

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WHAT IS THE CHRISTIAN ATTITUDE TOWARDS ABORTION? Abortion is defined as the deliberate termination of a foetus, or the ending of a pregnancy through medical means. In society today abortions are common and no justified reason has to be presented. The topic of abortion is quite a controversial issue and people today have a range of opinions and ideas on the matter. Some may argue it is the murdering of a child but others in defence to this may say that the foetus is not yet a child as before 24 weeks (this is the latest stage of pregnancy where a termination is permitted) of pregnancy all the features of the baby are not yet formed consequently making the foetus not a human being. This all depends on the time in which one believes life begins. There are many pro-abortion organisations such as the abortion reform group. Groups such as this believe that a woman should have the right to choose what happens to her body because in any case it is her body. They would also claim that it is not only wrong but also unfair to bring an unwanted child into the world. ...read more.

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Resorting to an abortion can result in certain consequences for the woman both physical and mental. Pursuing an abortion can in the long term emotionally scar a woman as afterthoughts of guilt come over them and this can lead to suicide in extreme cases. It is not only mental side affects but also physical as having such a termination can result in infertility for the woman. As already mentioned there are a number of anti abortion organisations and groups of people who completely condemn the act. The Catholic Church is a prime example and views abortion as a sin under all circumstances. In regards to Christianity there is no direct reference given from the bible about abortion. It depends on the time in which one perceives life begins and also question whether or not abortion breaks the commandment of "Thou shall not kill." In the eyes of a Christian,life is a gift given from God it is sacrosanct and the fact that it was God who created and one and place one on earth should it not be he who decides when life should come to an end. ...read more.

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Psalm 139:13-16 reads "For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother's womb, when I was growing there in secret you knew I was there, you saw me before I was born. The days allotted to me had all been recorded in your book, before any of them ever began" again indicating that everything is planned before one is born and again that god knows one already before birth. God, from when we are born down to our death, has planned all the days of our lives. Psalm 127:3 states "Children are a gift from the Lord, they are a real blessing." Hence reinforcing the belief that life or more specifically children are a gift from God, something sacred and are a true blessing therefore if a blessing from God, should the act of abortion be carried out as it is destroying this given blessing, the child. "Life must be respected, Do not commit murder." Reads (Exodus 20:13) this reference totally goes against abortion as by terminating the foetus there is no shown respect for the life growing in the womb and in the opinion of most Christians, an act of murder going against the principle of do not commit murder. ...read more.

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