The Controversial Issue Of Abortion

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The Controversial Issue of Abortion According to Different Faiths The American Heritage Medical Dictionary defines abortion as the “induced termination of a pregnancy with destruction of the embryo or fetus.” A study conducted by Planned Parenthood found that three out of every ten women over the age of forty-five, have had an abortion. Terminating a pregnancy by abortion catalyzes many disagreements on whether a woman is destroying a human life or not. This type of controversy that follows abortion affects almost every field it touches, including politics. Evidently, this often forces women to choose between their personal preferences and religious beliefs. This ongoing issue still presents many reasons that drive the adherents of…show more content…
Catholic’s are certain that these liberties are a natural God given right that cannot be taken away from an unborn fetus. In the argument involving abortions the Catechism claims, “God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life…Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes” (The Catechism). To put it another way, God created humans on earth to protect every form of life; from conception until a natural demise, a life has to constantly be nurtured. With that being said, any form of contraception that prevents a life to take place, is considered an unspeakable offense. Sam Harris, an atheist who composed Letter to a Christian Nation, spoke about how essential a human embryo, or blastocyst, is to modern day science. Harris argues that these cells do not have their own minds or neurons yet. He also remarks how they “could offer therapeutic breakthroughs for every disease or injury process that human beings suffer…embryonic stem cells can become any tissue in the human body” (Harris 29). To put it bluntly, Catholic’s completely disagree with Harris’ statement; the catechism claims, “it is immoral to produce human embryos intended for exploitation as disposable biological material” (The Catechism). Therefore, Catholic’s strongly believe that it is completely immoral to terminate an

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