In this piece of writing I will try to explain the different views on abortion based on the teachings of Christianity about the Sanctity of Life. First of all there is the Absolutist view where abortion is seen as evil and always wrong. For an Absolutist there is no excuse whatsoever to have an abortion. They don't think that it is right for a woman to have an abortion even if the child is disabled. This is because people who are disabled don't want to be, but they don't want to be dead either.
Christians have strong views on abortion and different denominations have different opinions. Roman Catholics believe that falling pregnant is a gift from God and abortion is unacceptable in all cases. They also believe that life begins at conception so abortion is murder. Other Christian denominations also believe this and are pro-life. The Church of England disagrees with abortion but gives exceptions in extreme circumstances such as the mother’s health is at risk.
Christians' Views on Abortion and Euthanasia Abortion is a major issue to Christians each denomination has its own teachings on abortion. Abortion is to end a pregnancy deliberately because the child is not wanted for some reason. "Thou shall not kill." (Exodus 20:13). There are different views on abortion, some people believe that abortion is wrong because the foetus is still alive, but others believe that abortion is needed for instance if the mother's life was in danger, it would be better to kill the foetus and save the mother, this means to choose the 'lesser of two evils.'
The Roman Catholic Church believes that life begins at the moment of conception and that everyone has the right to life. A foetus is a person and abortion destroys its right to life and is therefore wrong. Other Christians like Anglicans believe that abortion may be permitted in certain circumstances if it is the lesser of two evils and so it is discouraged but not completely banned. Some Christians see abortion as acceptable if a woman becomes pregnant as a result of being raped. Carrying the baby, giving birth and rearing the baby could be constant reminders of the trauma the mother had been through and so abortion could be seen as the lesser of two evils.
WOMEN IN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH The Roman Catholic Church prohibits women from getting abortions. They teach that abortions are morally wrong because the life of an unborn child is taken. According to Jeremiah Book 1, versus four to five, "The word of the Lord came to me thus: Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” This passage states that God knows of our existence before we are born and has a mission for us. Therefore, as inferior creatures to God, as humans we do not have the right to take the life of an innocent fetus away. However, there is no scientific proof that life lives begins since conception.
The major problem for the married believers in the Catholic faith is that Human Vitae neglects their ability to make moral decisions. Paul VI claims that contraception limits a person’s human totality and integrity. However, the reality is that the Church is limiting this principle of human existence by assuming the common man is incapable of making the correct moral choice. For example Paul VI states , “…how wide and easy a road would thus be opened up towards conjugal infidelity and the general lowering of morality.” (Human Vitae 8). It is absurd to believe that all moral problems in our society can be attributed to the introduction of birth control methods.
Some see abortion as the murder of a completely innocent and defenceless life, a gift from God and will devote their lives to preventing abortions from taking place. On the other hand, there are Christians who feel that showing compassion and forgiveness for mothers is more important than the rights of the foetus that is entirely dependent on her.
Christian Attitudes to Abortion and Euthanasia Christian Attitudes: Christians have different views about abortion and euthanasia, but they all take the issues very seriously. They are part of the discussion about the Sanctity of Life. Christians believe that all life is sacred and was given by God. It is a gift from God. To have an abortion or to accept euthanasia are very serious decisions and Christians believe that they should not be encouraged for social reasons.
This is why there is life on Earth. If one can go through the trials and temptations of life and stay on the side of the Lord, then he is deemed worthy to go to Heaven. By following through with an abortion, the u... ... middle of paper ... ...holic Churches will continue to teach that the Bible and God are against abortion. There will also be many people who will oppose this teaching because of their own opinions and beliefs. No matter how people feel towards the issue of abortion, we must remember that the entire procedure is between the mother and the fetus.
The Official Attitudes of the Christian Church The Anglican Church or the Church of England believes that life is sacred but sometimes abortion is the best way out of a bad situation such as endangering the life of the mother. They quote "The Church of England's view on abortion is that the life of the foetus endangers the life of the mother, action can be taken" in the Church of England Report 1984. The Roman Catholic Church has opposite views, they believe that life begins at conception so abortion breaks one of the Ten Commandments - do not kill. The Catholic Church totally disagrees with abortion and they say, " We have been made like God. God plans the birth of all babies and makes them with the parents.