The Meaning of Abortion

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The Meaning of Abortion

An abortion is the premature expulsion of a foetus from the uterus

resulting the ending, or termination of a pregnancy before the baby is

capable of surviving outside the mother's womb. It may happen

naturally in which case it is called a miscarriage. However, if it is

induced by an unnatural interference, it is called an abortion, or a


A miscarriage is often the result of stress on an expectant mother

because she usually wants to have her baby and a miscarriage is not of

her choosing; an abortion is normally carried out with the agreement

of the woman.

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.

The most important teachings to be used in such a discussion would be

that on the sanctity of life. Christians believe that God made man in

His image as said in Genesis 1:26, when God says 'Let Us make man in

Our image'. If God has done such, surely life must be holy or sacred,

like Himself. This leads to the belief that children are a gift from

God, as said in Genesis 4:1-2, to be brought up in accordance with His

Will, to His praise and gl...

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forgive her if she were truly sorry it had to be that way.

Those who believe abortion is unjustified, morally and particularly in

the name of Christianity, do not have a have the right to shun or

judge those who have had an abortion, as the Bible says 'Do not judge

so that you will not be judged. For by the standard you judge you will

be judged, and the measure you use will be the measure you receive'

(Matthew 7:1). No one but God has that right as said in Psalm 50:6

'God is judge'. However, even God, who is perfect and all knowing,

'regretted that he had made mankind' in Genesis 6:6, so surely human

beings, who are imperfect in so many ways, can regret a conception,

and seek to start again just as God did. Or would this just be

'playing' God with lives that have the potential to be the next Mozart

or Einstein?
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