The Teachings of Christianity on the Sanctity of Life in Realtion to Abortion

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The Teachings of Christianity on the Sanctity of Life in Realtion to Abortion Abortion is one of the most controversial topics faced by the world today. The number of abortions has doubled from 1971 to 1991, 100,000 abortions to 200,000 abortions. 500 abortions a day, 1 abortion in 3 women. This is still rising. 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. They have their rights. The Roman Catholic church states that life begins at conception and that abortion is a crime. Christians believe that the world was created by God and that all human beings come from God. Human beings are therefore given the responsibility to take care of life. The Roman Catholic Church also states that 'It would never become human if it were not human already'. An unborn child still has the potential for life, and he or she's rights shouldn't be neglected. In Genesis 1:27 it tells us of God's creation, "God created people in His own image, in the image of God He created them; He created male and female." This means that because God created us human beings, our life has value and meaning. Abortion is something that would take this life away, which should only be taken away by God. The commandment, exodus 20:1... ... middle of paper ... ...e Cardinal Winning foundation. Death is God's business and people should not interfere. Do you agree? Some Christians would agree with this statement because they believe that since our life is given by god, it should therefore only be up to God to end it. However some Christians may slightly disagree with this statement because they believe that if we have the power to keep a human being artificially alive, then there should be the right to 'turn the machines off' if the human is brain dead. Non-Christians would disagree with this statement because they believe that we control our own lives and if we decided that we want to put an end to it, we should have the right to do that. They believe that if someone is in real pain and will with time be paralysed they should have the right to die as that is no life.

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