Christian Teaching About Abortion

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Christian Teaching About Abortion Abortion is the premature expulsion of the foetus from the womb. There can be a number of reasons why people have abortions, either social or medical reasons. The social reasons are teenage pregnancies. When there is no financial support, when pregnancy is inconvient e.g. somebody is in a good job and could lose it. A family could have too many children already or not be ready to have children yet. Or the baby could be a mistake through a failure of contraception. The medical reasons include, rape, incest, incurable genetic disorder, if there is a high risk of a handicapped child, if the pregnancy affects the health of the mother or something goes wrong in pregnancy. Abortion used to be a crime in the UK but is legal since the abortion act in 1967. The UK law is that abortion should be carried out up to the end of 24 weeks of pregnancy unless the pregnancy is going to affect the health of the mother or continuation of the pregnancy could affect the unborn child. However abortion is still an extremely controversial subject and there are many views for or against abortion. The traditional Christian view of abortion was that it was wrong. Traditional Christian teaching places the highest value on human life therefore condemns abortion. " You shall not kill by abortion the fruit of the womb." Didache. Christians believe that God created life so therefore only God has the right to take life away and also abortion was devaluing human life and making it disposable. However today Christian views on abortion vary. This is because Christians have many influences when making their decisions. They are influenced by society as well as their faith. Also there is now increased feminist influence and some denominations do not give clear teaching on abortion: " Foetus is to be specially respected and protected. Nonetheless the life of the foetus is not absolutely sacrosanct if it endangers the life of the mother." C of E 1984
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