The Church of England disagrees with abortion but gives exceptions in extreme circumstances such as the mother’s health is at risk. The Church feels a foetus should “be nurtured, supported and protected” as quoted by General Synod and therefore feel it is their responsibility to try and persuade a mother to keep the child offering help. Others feel that as Christian’s they should show compassion and support the woman with her choice whether they agree or disagree. No Christian believes that abortion is wanted. 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.
Christians' Outlooks on Abortion and Euthanasia Most Christians would respond very negatively when faced with the issue of abortion. Most Christians believe in the commandment "Thou shall not kill" and as they believe that God is the creator of all human life, they believe that only God can take life. In the Bible Jeremiah shows how God has mapped out our lives: "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." As God may have plans for this infant, he should not be destroyed as a foetus. The Roman Catholic Church believes that life begins at the moment of conception and that everyone has the right to life.
As a Christian they are likely to pray about the problem of abortion asking God to help those women who have chosen to abort to be given the strength to get through the procedure and the worries and stress which follow. There are many views on abortion; these views lead people to act either pro-choice or pro-life. Most people however do not have a strong or certain view points about abortion so do not feel the need to show their beliefs in public. Because there are so many people with different views there will always be people who fight for what they believe to be right.
Parents also have a responsibility to there unborn child, but not all Christians believe life begins at conception but many do. Catholics do believe that life begins at conception and the Pope forbids all forms of contraception. Most groups say that sex with the right attitude is good and unwanted pregnancy should be avoided. The Pope has never proclaimed an infallible teaching on abortion, although the Pope and most Bishops believe it is morally wrong. In countries where Catholicism is the dominant faith it has held out against abortion being legalised, this is not always successful e.g.
Abortion All Christians believe that all human life is sacred and should be preserved at all times, but there are many differing attitudes to abortion. The Anglicans, Church of Scotland and the Methodists all argue that abortion on demand is wrong, but in some extreme cases, abortion is acceptable. The Roman Catholics disagree with this altogether and believe that abortion in any situation is wrong. They believe that killing is killing whatever the situation. The Anglicans believe that the life of the foetus has to be protected, but they can accept that if the birth of the child would seriously affect the quality of life of the mother or her family, abortion can be accepted after considering adoption of the baby.
Pope Francis supports the church teaching prohibition contraception (Chen). This is significant because Pope Francis would obviously agree the Catholic Church’s stance on birth control. However, Pope Francis stated “Catholics do not have to breed “like rabbits” and should instead practice “responsible parenting” (Chen). This shows how the Pope believes Catholics should not have so many children, but they need to take responsibility. Responsible parenthood is a practice which allows couple to regulate how many children they have, yet this is still allowed by the Church.
Through research an overall conclusion can be provided that most earlier religions, that is those before 1400 A.D., relied on the opinion of the doctor to determine whether abortion was right or not. If abortion would harm the mother, or the child, or both, then the abortion was acceptable. In Christianity, this was only true in some denominations, such as Baptists and Methodists. In these cases, a woman was not disgraced after having an abortion unless she went against the advice of a professional. However as Christianity has developed, this opinion has remained constantly opposite in Catholicism.
Roman Catholics can also go to demonstrations and write to the government. However not all Roman Catholics react in the same way even though they still hold the same beliefs about the sanctity of life. They believe that having an abortion maybe the lesser of two evils in circumstances such as rape and disability. They also agree with abortion if the mother's life is at risk if the pregnancy continues. The Church of England stated in a report in 1984 that "the foetus is to be specially respected and protected" it did however go on to say that "nonetheless the life of the foetus is not absolutely sacrosanct if it endangers the life of the mother."
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.
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.