Christian Aspects of an Abortion

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Aspects of an Abortion Abortion is the word given to the simple ending of pregnancy before birth. This can be naturally caused, and is called 'spontaneous' abortion or the more common word of 'miscarriage' or it can be deliberately induced. A spontaneous abortion, if it is going to happen, usually takes place within the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. An induced abortion is the deliberate expulsion of the fetus from the woman's uterus. This has been practiced for over 3,000 years. Most induced abortions in Britain take place outside marriages. Christian teachings refer to the bible and teaching from their church, although in the Bible there are very little direct teachings about the subject of abortion and so Christians have to interpret what there is and make a decision, and so because of this a lot of Christians come to different conclusions. Christians are generally against abortion although some take a more hard and stronger opinion than others. Christians share with the Jews the belief that human life is sacred. This idea of sacrosanct life is called the 'sanctity of life'. Christian belief in the sanctity of life is central to a Christian understanding of the issue of abortion. If life is sacred, a gift from God, then it cannot be acceptable to take life. The question, with which Christians are faced with then, is this: 'When does life begin?' If life begins after birth, then to abort the foetus would not go against teaching of the sanctity of life. If, however, life begins at conception then it would go against the teachings. It all depends on when you believe life begins: · Conception · Birth Â... ... middle of paper ... ...g out of their life and have not let their physical or mental boundaries stop them in achieving their goals. An example of one of these people is Stephen Hawking who is the main genius of our time; he is extremely disabled and cannot really move any part of his body and has to type whatever he wants to say onto a small computer just so that other people can hear his thoughts. There are other versions of impairment though, would you like to be a child born into poverty or an unloving family? In conclusion, if you strongly belief in the sanctity of life then your view on abortion is most likely to be in accordance with the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Church teachings, but if you are like me and believe that a life of impairment is wrong and can not really be a life then you will accept abortion in some circumstances.

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