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GCSE Religious Education > Abortion - Reasons Against Abortion

  • There are better ways of addressing the problem of unwanted pregnancy - adoption, help for lone mothers etc...
  • It causes long term psychological harm to the mother.
Protestant Christian teachings against abortion
  • God created human beings making them to be like himself" (Genesis 1)
  • "Do not kill." Life is sacred (10 commandments)
  • Body is the "Temple of the holy spirit." (Corinthians 3) means God's spirit is present in the human body
  • "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you." (Jeremiah 1) shows the unborn child is special to God
  • "You put me together in my mother's womb." (Psalm 139)
Catholic Christian teachings against abortion
  • Same as Protestant teachings
  • "From the time that the egg is fertilised, a life has begun." (Catholic declaration on abortion - 1974)
Moslem teachings against abortion
  • Submit to Allah's will
  • "If you think you control your own destiny, try to stop your own soul from leaving its body at the hour of your death." (Surah 56)
  • "Do not kill your children in fear of poverty." (Qur'an 17)
  • "No severer of womb relationship ties will enter paradise" (Hadith)
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