• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Accidental pregnancy.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Women of all different ages, educational levels, racial and ethnic groups, social and economic classes and religions find it necessary to have an abortion when faced with accidental pregnancy. Almost half of all U.S. women will have an abortion at some point throughout their lives. While abortion rates among young, unmarried, poor and minority women are the highest, rates among those of religious, racial and ethnic groups thought to oppose abortion are high as well. Surprisingly, Catholic women have an abortion rate 29% higher than Protestant women. About 58% of women having abortions are using some sort of contraception during the month they become pregnant, the condom being the method most commonly used. The proportion of women using a condom has increased dramatically among all groups of women having abortions; most of the increased usage replaced reliance on other barrier methods or usage of no method. ...read more.

Middle

The church's position on reproductive matters are so extreme that most Catholics don't even agree with them. In the United States, poll after poll show that less than 15 per cent of Catholics agree with the bishops' position on abortion. Catholic women have abortions at a slightly higher rate than women of other faith groups or of no faith group. Four out of five Catholics in the United States say that using modern methods of contraception is not wrong. And Catholics are just as likely as other Americans to use birth control methods opposed by the church. In the wake of the 1973 US Supreme Court Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion, the US bishops began their enormous effort to make abortion illegal again. Although they have not achieved this goal, they still persist at working at it. While efforts initially focused on an outright constitutional ban, the bishops and their anti-choice allies now work to install various restrictions on access to abortions. ...read more.

Conclusion

Also they feel the Church teaching on sexuality and reproduction in not infallible. A Catholic who believes abortion is immoral in all or most circumstances can still support its legality. They believe that everyone is entitled to their opinion but they should not limit other people's choices. Their main point comes when they say that the church has no teaching on when the fetus becomes a person. Official church teaching admits that we do not know exactly when a fetus becomes a person (that is, has a soul), but says fetal life must be protected just in case the fetus is a person. Pro life catholic women show the world that the pope, as statistics on Catholics' use of contraception and abortion reveal, does not really command or dictate the lives of many Catholics. Their dedication to reproductive rights and health is rooted in a commitment to the dignity and rights of women. They continue to raise the moral and ethical dimensions of reproductive issues and to demand that women be respected as their own moral agents. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree Christianity section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related University Degree Christianity essays

  1. There is no doctrine in the Christian church more controversial than the doctrine of ...

    In my opinion, Augustine reached to such a conclusion, emphasizing the inheritance of Adam's guilt and the corruption that befell his descendants because his doctrine was developed in the context of hot polemical confrontation with Pelagius and his followers. In order to attack the Pelagian position which emphasizes our ability

  2. Christian Beliefs About The Trinity and Creation

    Moltmann put it nicely in his book "God the Father in the Life of the Holy Trinity", where writes: The Holy Trinity is a communion of equals, without a hierarchy. The unity of the Trinity is neither achieved through the monarchy of the Father, nor through the bond of the

  1. Catastrophic Dimensions

    Policies intended to stabilize, however, soon gave rise to instability; the aggrandizement of Protestant New English interests stirred resentment in the Catholic Old English community. "[T]hese developments in politics," Foster has suggested, "coupled with the threat to land titles and the effects of the Counter-Reformation in Ireland, completed the politicization

  2. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the two-source hypothesis? ...

    sources M and L as having contributed, respectively, to Matthew and Luke. The four-source analysis seems to fill in the gaps that Mark and Q are unable to do - they account for the differences between Luke and Matthew for example.

  1. Compare the strengths and weaknesses of two texts relating to the historical Jesus.

    (Crossan, p. 145) Bart Ehrman's Jesus: Apocalyptic Prophet of the New Millennium begins with the author giving numerous examples of people who have written books knowing exactly (give or take a year) when the world was going to end. He explains Edgar Whisenant's 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988.

  2. The afterlife of a Catholic can go three ways: heaven, purgatory which eventually can ...

    Salvation and moving from purgatory to heaven is a very long process after death. Few are accepted into heaven upon death. In fact, it is even presumed that Popes do not move right to heaven at death (McCarthy). On the anniversary of the death of the previous Pope, the current

  1. Critically assess the claim that the response of the Early Church to Gnosticism provided ...

    Nor does Marcion try to establish any relationship between them.â Here we see a dualistic approach and according to Baus (1980, p.191) this âwas a direct attack on the Christian concept of God, which did not permit of a division between a strict, merely just Creator and a God of

  2. How is Spiritual and Religious Awareness in the Contemporary World Reflected in Popular Music?

    This process of secularisation would suggest that the spiritual needs and religious awareness are declining. However, in America where the separation of church and state is written into the constitution, church attendance and religious awareness is very high[10]. There is also evidence to that the figures suggesting a decline in

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work