The Teaching of the Roman Catholic Church and Their Influence on People's Views on Abortion

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The Teaching of the Roman Catholic Church and Their Influence on People's Views on Abortion

The R.C Church teaches that all human life is sacred. The word sacred means devoted or help especially acceptable to a deity. Both the old and new testaments teach that human life is sacred and should not be terminated. God created life in his image and each one of us is like him. To kill a human being is like killing a part of god and this has greatly influenced the teachings of the R.C Church about abortion.

Human life must not be violated and in abortion we are doing exactly that. The scriptures tell us that ''who ever sheds the blood of a man, by man shall blood be shed; for god made man in his own
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This is enhanced by the bible which states life begins at birth

The R.C Church states in the declaration on procured abortion 1974 that respect for human life is not just the Christian duty ''respect for life is integral to the stability of the human race''. The church teaches ''… never under any excuse may abortion be resorted to either by family or by the political authority as means of regulating birth''

Gaudium et spes (the document of Vatican II) states ''life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception; abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.

The churches teachings are clear; ' ' abortion is the direct and intentional killing of an unborn child''. From the moment of conception a potential human being exists this sacredness of life is developed by the church in her documents Humanae Vitae by Paul VI and Familiaris Consortio. It is clear from the above teachings which originates in the pages of both the old and new testaments that the foetus is a sacred human being whose protection is vital.

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