The Meaning of Abortion
Abortion is an apparition to end a pregnancy through the expulsion of
the foetus from the womb .In the UK it is illegal to have an abortion
after twenty four weeks apart from life threatening circumstances.
Abortion is a very complex moral issue with huge diversity of opinion,
even in the Christian church.
What biblical teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion?
Different churches have different opinions on abortion, for example,
The Roman Catholic Church says abortion is wrong and a sin In all
cases. The Protestant Church says that abortion may be acceptable in
Within the Christian church there is a diversity of belief and opinion
on the subject.
Christians believe all people should take full responsibilities for
their bodies as they are 'the temple of the holy spirit'. Sex should
not come out of lust but should express respect, love and
consideration for both people. Parents also have a responsibility to
there unborn child, but not all Christians believe life begins at
conception but many do. Catholics do believe that life begins at
conception and the Pope forbids all forms of contraception.
Most groups say that sex with the right attitude is good and unwanted
pregnancy should be avoided. The Pope has never proclaimed an
infallible teaching on abortion, although the Pope and most Bishops
believe it is morally wrong. In countries where Catholicism is the
dominant faith it has held out against abortion being legalised, this
is not always successful e.g. France, Italy and Spain.
The law of the church however says that anyone who commits the sin of
abortion automatically excommunicates herself from the church.
The Catholics believe that if you do make a mistake there is no need
to destroy the life. That everything has a purpose and before it has
even been born it is carved in gods hand forever.
Another example of this is:
We have been created by almighty god in his own image and likeness. No
pregnancy is unplanned, because no baby can be conceived unless
almighty God intends that conception and has willed that particular
unique and completely individual new person into existence. What has
actually happened in our society is the clever arguments have
conceived those with no anchor in belief in God to cling to that
merciless slaughter of unborn babies is morally justifiable and even
essential for the happiness of the individual and good of society.
(Catholic Truth Society)
The Protestants however have a different opinion although different
Protestant groups have other opinions. Most stress the rights of
individual conscience before god. They also rely on the bible for
guidance, but only one passage in the bible refers remotely to
abortion. Exodus 21:22 'if two men were fighting and wound a pregnant