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Why do Christians disagree about abortion?

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Abortion essay - Year Ten (a) (1) What is meant by the word abortion? (2 marks) (2) What Christian teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion? (6 marks) (b) Why do Christians disagree about abortion? (7 marks) (c) Abortion is always wrong Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answer and show that you have thought about different points of view. You must refer to Christianity in your answer (5 marks) (A1) Abortion is the termination of the life of a foetus, and there are two types of this - natural and artificial abortion. Natural abortion, is a miscarriage i.e. when nature decides and artificial abortion is procured - a conscious decision to terminate the foetus. (2b) The Christian teachings that might be used in a discussion about abortion would be those with views on life, death and murder. ...read more.

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1 Corinthians 6:19 would agree with the above. This passage tells us of how our bodies contain the Holy Spirit and belong to God, so it would be a crime against God for us to terminate something that contained his spirit. We all belong to the Lord says Romans 14:8, and so a lot of Christians would agree that it is wrong to kill something so sacred - because that's what life is - sacred. (d) As with any moral issue, there are always different sides to consider - and so to help me answer this question I researched other people's opinions on the matter. As you are aware, different churches hold different opinions on moral issues, so these points of view were the first things that I considered. The Methodist church believes that while the act of abortion is an evil one, the following circumstances could mean it being the lesser of two evils. ...read more.

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Also, there is the Abortion Act to consider. This law was passed in 1967 and stated the conditions of which an abortion is permitted. These conditions agree with Christian views on abortion, although the abortion should be carried out before the 24th week of pregnancy. The Abortion Act has now decreased the amount of women having "back street" abortions so in that respect I believe the abortion act to be a good idea. In conclusion, after thinking about each side of the issue, I am still undecided about whether I am for or against abortion. I believe that in most cases abortion is unethical, for example when used as a form of contraception, however in extreme cases I feel there are exceptions. These are those that were stated in the Christian beliefs. Moreover I feel that there is no right or wrong answer to any moral issue; including this one. Abbie Taylor ...read more.

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