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A Christian Response To Abortion Essay

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A Christian Response to Abortion

Christians will all respond to the issue of abortion in different
ways. Some Christians will follow the teaching of their church and
strictly follow the rules that are laid out by that church. Others
will look at the bible and see if they can adopt an attitude to
abortion which best suits what is written. Other Christians may follow
the life example and teachings of Jesus trying to re-live his way of
life as Christians believe that Jesus is God, and they would believe
that God knows exactly what are the right and wrong things to do. Some
Christians may ask their friends and family how they feel about
abortion even asking their priest what their opinion maybe. Some
Christians form their own opinions even if it does go against the
teachings of their church.

The Roman Catholic Church sees a life starting at the moment of
conception. Life is a gift from God made in his image and likeness,
and from the moment of conception they should be treated equally as
any other human being with all the rights of a human being. The Roman
Catholic Church has always been against abortion and a second century
church teaching, the Didache said;

"You shall not kill by abortion, the fruit of the womb"

This clearly shows that most Roman Catholics should be against
abortion in all circumstances. By saying "You shall not kill by
abortion" suggests that abortion is murder and that to abort an unborn
child is exactly the same as killing a normal human being.

The Apostolic Constitution written in the 4th century stated

"Though shalt not slay thy child by causing abortion, nor kill that
which is already born, for everything that has been shaped by and has
received a soul from God, if it slain shall be avenged."

This quote is stating that all life has been made and loved by God if
you kill life then God will kill you. By saying "Though shalt not slay
thy child by causing abortion, nor kill that which is already born"
seems to suggest that killing children by abortion is the same as
killing children that are already born.

Some Roman Catholics will say that giving birth to the child does not
necessarily mean you have to look after it Victoria Gillik, a Roman
Catholic:

"Contraceptives will fail and human beings will make mistakes. There
will always be unplanned pregnancies. But there are always many
couples longing to adopt.. And there are many young girls who have
gone ahead and had babies and found it wasn't the end of the world.
There is help available, a baby is not the end of life but the
beginning"

This seems to suggest that having children is not a bad thing at all.
It is quite the opposite, if you have a child it does not necessarily
need to be a burden upon you. Other people may wish to adopt your
child and if you want to keep it does not mean...

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