The Teachings of Christianity on the Sanctity of Life in Realtion to Abortion

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The Teachings of Christianity on the Sanctity of Life in Realtion to Abortion Abortion is one of the most controversial topics faced by the world today. The number of abortions has doubled from 1971 to 1991, 100,000 abortions to 200,000 abortions. 500 abortions a day, 1 abortion in 3 women. This is still rising. In this piece of writing I will try to explain the different views on abortion based on the teachings of Christianity about the Sanctity of Life. First of all there is the Absolutist view where abortion is seen as evil and always wrong. For an Absolutist there is no excuse whatsoever to have an abortion. They don't think that it is right for a woman to have an abortion even if the child…show more content…
In Psalm 139:13, it reads this, 'For thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise thee, for thou art fearful and wonderful. Wonderful are thy works! Thou knowest me right well', this tells us that God knows about each foetus ready to born and loves them dearly even before they have come into our world. Luke 12:6 reads this, 'Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows', this tells us that God again loves us very much above anything else so he would obviously think that abortion was wrong. The didache is a very recent Christian writing, it is the first to refer directly to abortion, 'you shall not kill by abortion the fruit of the womb and you shall not murder the infant already born.' Then there is the situationalist view. This means that it depends on the situation the woman is in, in order for her to have an abortion. These exceptional situations are 1)if the mother's life is at serious risk, in 1984 a report from the church of England stated that 'the foetus is to be specially respected and protected but the life of the foetus is no absolutely sacrosanct if it endangers the life of the mother'. 2)if the child will be born disabled, this is because it

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