Christians' Response to Abortion Contraception: A means of stopping conception (pregnancy) taking place by chemical or mechanical means. Abortion: Stopping the development of a foetus by chemical or mechanical means. There are many viewpoints on contraception from the different Christian churches. Most couples in today’s times feel they have the need to control the amount of children they have. The Roman Church teaches that sexual intercourse should only been done if it’s in the means of conception.
Pro-Life is an organisation that believes life begins at birth and so therefore abortion is murder. Pro-Life supporters protest that abortion is helping to destroy families. They also say that women should not have the right to an abortion if it is at the expense of her baby. The Pro-Life organisation emphasises adoption as an alternative for women who don't want to keep their children. Pro-Life's main aims are to provide more counselling, financial and emotional support and practical help (such as free pregnancy tests) to pregnant women.
Christians see Children as a blessing from God and therefore most Churches believe that some types of fertility treatments ... ... middle of paper ... ... have no other choice and as Christians they need to stick up for the defenceless. Another reason why Roman Catholics give their opinion on euthanasia as it might become legal which is a worry as they strongly oppose euthanasia. I believe that everyone has the right to express their view and Christians should have that same right but that does not mean they have the right to make others accept that view. I also think that if Christians want their views heard then they should listen to the opposing peoples’ views. Bibliography · Moral Contemporary Issues · The Roman Catholic Tradition: Christian Lifestyles and Behaviour · CGP R.E Revision Guide · www.bbc.co.uk/religoin/ethics/sanctity-life/ · www.mariestopes.org.uk · www.lifeuk.org.uk · www.painsley.org.uk/re/signposts/gcseaqa
As with abortion, those Christians who are willing to accept euthanasia under certain circumstances do so out of compassion. Jesus taught that people should love others as much as they love themselves. This is Christian love (agape) or compassion. Some Christians might argue that in sometimes, the most loving thing to do is to allow a person to die. Christians usually prefer the alternative of the hospice movement.
A. 2) Explain what Christian Teaching might be used in a discussion about abortion. In a discussion about abortion one of the earliest Christian teachings could be used; the Old Testament Commandment 'thou shalt not kill'. There may be exceptions in terms of war or other unusual situations, but the basic premise is upheld that one should not take another persons life. Many Christians and Churches believe that an induced abortion is an evil, violating this commandment of Exodus 20: 13 as, the Roman Catholic Church, for example believe a foetus is a person from the moment of conception.
Some Christians may ask their friends and family how they feel about abortion even asking their priest what their opinion maybe. Some Christians form their own opinions even if it does go against the teachings of their church. The Roman Catholic Church sees a life starting at the moment of conception. Life is a gift from God made in his image and likeness, and from the moment of conception they should be treated equally as any other human being with all the rights of a human being. The Roman Catholic Church has always been against abortion and a second century church teaching, the Didache said; "You shall not kill by abortion, the fruit of the womb" This clearly shows that most Roman Catholics should be against abortion in all circumstances.
Contraception: A means of stopping conception (pregnancy) taking place by chemical or mechanical means. There are a variety of viewpoints on contraception from the different Christian churches. Most couples in modern society feel the need to control the numbers of children that they have. The Roman Church teaches that all artificial (chemical or barrier) are wrong as the primary reason for sexual intercourse should be to have children. However the RC church does not condemn natural family planning which means that the woman is aware of the times when she is fertile and the times that she is not.
They believe that an abortion is an evil which should be avoided. They believe it is justifiable if there were a risk to the mother’s mental or physical health or the child would become handicapped. Or if the family is living in poverty and their social conditions are bad that is another justifiable reason for an abortion in the Methodist Church. One organisation that deals with this, are the ‘Christians for Free Choice.’ Christians for Free Choice believe that the matter should be left for the woman to decide and her conscience is a guide form God as what option to take. They are ‘fully informed about all the options, and then let God guide you.’ They believe an abortion is considered medically ok if the mother is young or physically/mentally immature and it would be irresponsible to bring an unwanted child into the world.
So since birth is so unpredictable, that cannot be seen as the start of life. I do think that by allowing abortion, society is taking the easy way out and we should try for better care for pregnant mothers who would otherwise abort. In conclusion, I believe that abortion is wrong, and that it is definitely a curse to society- through the trauma it causes, and the money and the time it wastes on debates and arguments. I think we should treat out bodies as God would want and our children, born and unborn, likewise.
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.