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Abortion Amongst Religions

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Abortion Amongst Religions

Abortion has been an issue among religious groups since the beginning of time. Christianity, Judaism and Islam all have firm beliefs on the topic, some more extreme then others. Further reading and research has provided insight into the moral dilemma a woman faces when making this lifelong choice.

Christianity has several branches that stem off the foundational base. The Catholic Church stands firm against abortion because they believe life is sacred, beginning at the moment of conception. This became vocalized in the 1995 letter, Evangelium Vitae (the Gospel of Life), written by Pope John Paul II. This emphasized the importance of understanding when life begins in a fetus. In this letter he has said, “The life which could result from a sexual encounter thus becomes an enemy to be avoided at all costs, and abortion becomes the only possible decisive response to failed contraception." (Paragraph 13) The connotation is that society has become so dependent on having abortion be an option, they have failed to grasp the gravity of the action. Besides Catholicism, most other sects of Christianity are against abortion. The main reason for this is due to scripture passages in the bible. Some examples include "You knit me in my mother’s womb . . . nor was my frame unknown to you when I was made in secret" (Psalm 139:13,15). "You have been my guide since I was first formed . . . from my mother’s womb you are my God" (Psalm 22:10-11). "God… from my mother’s womb had set me apart and called me through his grace" (St. Paul to the Galatians 1:15). However, according to our readings these arguments can have glaring flaws. In Bauerschmidt’s reading, he quotes Beverly Harrison and Shirley Cloyes: “One of Christianity greatest weaknesses is spiritualizing neglect of respect of the physical body and physical well-being…” (Bauerschmidt, 252). The fact that abortion is not permissible in the chance of danger to the mother’s health can be a tricky...