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To what extent is the practice of abortion incompatible with Christian teaching? (15)
Many Christians have different attitudes and opinions on the practice of abortion and with
many Christians the practice of abortion is incompatible. However, this is not totally true for
all Christians as some believe in certain cases that abortion is compatible with Christian
For some Christians they believe that life is sacred, therefore abortion is morally
unacceptable because from the moment of conception a human being has been created (not
at birth) by God and only God can take away a life. Abortion would not only disrespect the
sanctity of life, it would also disrespect God because we will be `playing God'. More so,
our Christian teaching tells us that God creates life, so abortion is totally incompatible with
Christian teaching because we will not be living accordingly to God's rules.
As Christians we follow the Ten Commandments and one of those is "We shall not kill"
abortion is seen as murder. Consequently abortion is obviously incompatible with Christian
Teaching as the basic rule of `shall not kill' is broken. Furthermore, the foetus is at its most
vulnerable and is completely defenceless and Stott comments that God throughout the bible
makes references to the concern for the "defenceless, and the most defenceless of all people
are unborn children, they are speechless to plead their own cause and helpless to protect
their own life." This statement proves to Christians that it is our duty to protect those who
are defenceless hence the practice of abortion is incompatible to Christian teaching.
Some Christians would state that if the mother's life is at risk then an abortion is needed, as
a result we are saying that the mother's life is more important than the unborn child.
Christians are taught that everyone is equally valuable and therefore to state that the
mother's life is worth more is unacceptable. This supports the view that the practice of
abortion is incompatible with Christian teaching.
Many Christians believe that abortion on demand is wrong and unacceptable for society
some believe that in certain circumstances abortion is compatible on the basis that the
pregnancy was a result of rape/incest, the mother's life is at risk and the child could be born
with a disability.
We cannot fully state that the practice of abortion is incompatible with Christian teaching
because the Roman Catholic Church have said that abortion is acceptable on the principle of
doctrine of double effect. This means that abortion is acceptable on the basis that the
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because the main purpose was not the intentional killing of an unborn child but it was the
consequence of the main purpose to save mother's life. Therefore to an extent the practice
of abortion is compatible with Christian teachings.
An argument against this would be that in today's world and its technology, it is in an
unlikely case that the mother's life would be at risk and a abortion would be the only