The Controversial Issue of Abortion and Christianity

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The Controversial Issue of Abortion

Abortion is a very controversial issue in society today. Some people

think that abortion is a good idea to solve problems and that it is

justified yet the Catholic Church would argue this is not the case and

that abortion is wrong.

There are some very strong arguments both for and against abortion.

There are two methods of abortion:

1) The Suction Method: This is used for early abortions up to 12 weeks

after conception. This is where a sectional like object is inserted

and tears the baby limb by limb. The head is too big to fit into the

'vacum cleaner' so therefore it is crushed. The doctors refer to the

limbs as numbers to avoid the agonising horror. I witnessed the

ultra-sound video of an innocent baby being aborted in this way, as

the baby wriggled and squirmed to avoid the deadly object it could be

seen to open its mouth in an attempt to scream. Even though this

baby's scream was silent it was undoubtedly deafening.

2) The Saline Method: This is normally used for later abortions. Here,

some amniotic fluid is removed and a strong saline solution is

injected into the womb. The foetus is burned and choked to death, then

labour is induced and the woman gives birth to a dead baby.

"You shall not kill"[1]

This is one of the Ten Commandments that are taught by the Catholic

Church. If these commandments are breached then a severe sin has been

committed. Having an abortion is the same as murdering a child.

Therefore it is a breech of the commandment. The woman must understand

that her actions are irreversible and as a result she may not be able

to carry another baby. Some people would...

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people who are desperate to either foster or adopt children.

There are a lot of reasons for abortion; they are more socially

accepted, the woman may be too old, too young, not married, not

wanting another child, parent's disapproval, foetus is handicapped,

mother's life is at risk, financial problems or rape. None of these

reasons for abortion are an acceptable reason to destroy a precious

gift from God:

"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."[8]


[1] Christian Morality

[2] Jeremiah 1:5

[3] Matthew 26:42

[4] Mother Teresa

[5] Corinthians 13:1-13

[6] Christian Morality Booklet

[7] Unknown

[8] Jeremiah 1:5

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