Christian teaching on abortion

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  • Christian teaching on abortion
    • Roman Catholic and many Evangelical Protestants believe abortion is always wrong
      • Sanctity of life: life is holy and belongs to God
      • It is murder and it goes against God's will
      • Life begins at conception
      • Every person has the right to life (a foetus is a human being)
      • Some women who have abortions can suffer from traumas leading to guilt complexes and mental illnesses
      • Adoption is a better solution
    • Other Protestants (e.g. Church of England) disagree with abortion, but in certain circumstances it is the  lesser of two evils
      • E.g. if the pregnancy is the result of **** or if her life is in danger or if the child would be handicapped and have no quality of life. Some might allow social reasons like poverty
        • Life does not begin at conception
        • Jesus's command to love your neighbour is the most important command
        • It is the duty of Christians to remove suffering
        • Christians should choose the lesser of two evils
        • They should accept medical advances which allow doctors to detect disease and suffering in foetuses. Parents should be able to have an abortion on the basis of such tests
    • Difficult situations
      • Doctrine of double effect
        • If the mother has cancer and chemotherapy would kill the foetus, this says the first effect is so save the mother's life
      • Rape
        • If the pregnancy is the result of ****, some Christians believe one sinful act should not cause another sinful act
          • It is hoped with counselling, help and adoption, good can come out of evil in the form of a new life
      • Red Letter Christians
        • They believe that Jesus would be more concerned with helping women who wanted abortions rather than banning abortions
        • They believe contraception should be made cheaper and more available and increase wages and childcare for single mothers

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