The Concept of Abortion
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I neither agree or disagree with this statement. I mostly disagree
with the concept of abortion, but in some cases I feel it is morally
acceptable. For example, if the mother has been raped then having the
child would only remind her of the unfortunate incident and she may
never be able to love her child in the same way she would with a child
who was conceived normally.
I also believe that abortion is morally acceptable if the mothers life
is in danger if she has the baby. Although a baby is a new life, I
think the mother should put herself first in that situation.
I also think that it is not fair to have the baby if it is likely to
die shortly after birth. The baby would only feel pain in its short
time of living and I think that is unfair.
Many people believe that if the mother did not plan to become pregnant
then it is morally right for her to have an abortion. I strongly
disagree with this opinion. I agree with the Roman Catholic viewpoint,
that nobody should ever exclude the possibility of conceiving, and
that if a child is not wanted then you should not be having sex.
Abortion carries many health risks, such as post - abortion traumatic
stress. This is the guilt of getting rid of a baby. The mother may
suffer from depression after abortion. Also if abortion is carried out
a few times then the mother may not be able to conceive if she ever
wants to become pregnant. In this situation the case is very sad.
I believe that life is too precious to just dismiss with no real
reason, and that the foetus has a right as well. Only it is at a
disadvantage because it cannot voice its opinion.
Roman Catholics do not agree with abortion, in any situation. However
Protestants believe that abortion is allowed but only in few, and very
serious situation. Protestants believe that abortion is allowed if the
pregnancy is as a result of rape.
Both denominations follow the bibles teachings about life.
1 Corinthians 6 : 18 - 20
"Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside
his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you
not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you,
whom you have received from God? You are not your own, but were bought
at a price. Therefore honour God with your body."
Here, Paul is saying that we must be careful what we do with our
bodies, because God lives within our bodies as the Holy Spirit.
Killing the foetus harms the body, not only does it kill a new life
within the female body, but it can also damage her.
Jeremiah 1 : 5
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I
set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations"
This passage tells Christians that God planned out our lives even
before we were concepted. He has chosen what we will do, so it is not
our right to end a new life, because God may have great plans for that
person. It is not our right to take a life that he has known before
Protestants believe that abortion is allowed if the pregnancy is as a
result of rape.
Overall, I agree with the Protestant teaching on abortion.