Abortion, the termination of a pregnancy, has been around since the dawn of men and has appeared in almost every culture. When the procedure is done right, it is one of the safest medical procedures there is. Throughout history though, numerous unsafe practices have been used for abortion. There is evidence that points to abortions being around since Ancient Egypt. The Ebers Papyrus, an Egypt medical tablet, shows signs of abortions as early as 1500 BC. The Roman Empire and Ancient Greece have also shown evidence of abortions during their time. But none of these ancient civilizations have had the same safe abortions we have today.
In Daniel Maguire’s “The Moderate Roman Catholic Position on Contraception and Abortion”, the author argues that Christian teaching on these issues has been a “mixed bag” theologically and historically. In the Ancient World that Christianity was born into, both contraception and family planning were widely practiced. Indeed, the phenomenon of infanticide has shown to be even more prevalent during this time. This practice died down in the Middle Ages when the Church offered oblation: taking in orphans to be raised as celibate monks and nuns. Nonetheless, even with the further introduction of foundling hospitals, abandonment rates and subsequent infant mortality rates were still quite high. Catholic tradition in particular has mixed views on abortion that are, as the author claims, “equally Catholic”. The Bible itself does not condemn abortion nor does it grant the fetus the same status of the mother in Hebrew Law (Exodus 21-22). The early church barely addresses abortion and when it does, as with the Church father Tertullian, late term abortions are determined as “crudelitas necessaria”, a necessary cruelty. The fetus was not thought to be a person until ensoulment, borrowed from the Greek tradition, occurred after four months with the quickening, which by then was considered a person. St. Augustine further writes that miscarried
It is interesting to note that abortion was not even an issue until the mid 19th century. It was not even considered morally or legally wrong prior to then. ...
Abortion has been a highly controversial topic throughout the years. A lot of people accept abortion as a normal procedure while the equal amount of people looks at it as a horrible crime. This subject has been looked at from a scientific point of view as well as a religious one. In this essay I will try to analyze abortion for an ethical point of view.
Euthanasia, Abortion and the Church The Catholic Church has consistently taught that respect for human life is one of the most essential aspects of our faith. Life includes love, respect, community, and family. Each person is entitled their right to life, a responsibility to God, to live out their life from natural birth to natural death. Unfortunately, there have been horrifying incidents where people commit murders, assault and manipulate other people. One of the Ten Commandments clearly states
Exploring the Different Ways Christians May Respond to Abortion There are two main views taken by Christians on the issue of abortion. One is the absolutist's view, which reflects the Roman Catholic teachings, which say that abortion is never justified under any circumstances. This can also be described as the sanctity of life argument. If the foetus is handicapped the parents have the choice to abort the baby or not. A Roman Catholic would say that the foetus should not be destroyed for any reason.
Christian’s Perspectives on the Issue of Abortion The word abortion means to terminate the life of a child by undergoing surgery. No matter what opinion you have on abortion, this fact remains constant and should not go unnoticed. There are two types of abortion, procured and spontaneous. Procured abortion is deliberate and consented by the mother of the unborn baby.
A Christian's View on Abortion An Abortion is the medical procedure of inducing expulsion of a human foetus to terminate a pregnancy. Doctors use the term "abortion" to mean any death of a baby in the womb of its mother and the expulsion from the body. This sometimes happens at its own accord: this is usually called a miscarriage.
How Church Teachings May be Used in a Discussion About Abortion In any argument as controversial as this different people will have different opinions and points of view. Also with Christianity having many different denominations there will be separate points of view even within one religion. The bible has passages, which can be read as pro choice and ones, which can be read as pro life. I will now attempt to use Christian texts help explain their stand on abortion.
Exploring How Christians Put Their Beliefs About Abortion Into Action Abortion is the premature expulsion of the foetus from the womb or an operation to cause it. In Britain abortion is currently a legal procedure which is undertaken by thousands of women each year. The churches have very different views on abortion. The Roman Catholic Church is against abortion no matter what the circumstances are. The Quakers and the Anglican Church are more open to abortion.