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One of the most important passages regarding this is found in the Mosaic Law which God gave to Israel to be used in governance: "When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman’s husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges ...


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A wide variety of scripture can be cited in obvious support of abortion (as an act of murder) is inherently immoral: Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations. Psalm 139:5 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. ...


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I'd like to make a few secular/political contributions to this question. This answer probably should not qualify for the accepted answer, but I think it's worth adding here that there are some good scientific legal arguments against abortion, and it's not solely an issue of religion vs science. Abortion is legal in the United States because of the 1973 Roe ...


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The woman has committed a very grave evil, in that she is complicit in the death of an innocent human being. How much of that evil can be "imputed" to her, that is, treated as "her fault", may vary according to circumstances. Catholics recognize two broad classes of sin: mortal sin (also known as serious sin), and venial sin. The distinction between the two ...


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Au Contraire There is no exception to the sin the Church is able to absolve a penitent from1, even if they should sin until the last moment of their lives: Catechism of the Catholic Church | ARTICLE 10: "I BELIEVE IN THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS" | II. THE POWER OF THE KEYS, 979 In this battle against our inclination towards evil, who could be brave ...


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Nothing specific to abortion, although I wouldn't expect there to be. 2 Timothy 3:1-7 gives us:  1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, ...


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Yes, in the eyes of the Catholic Church, under the guidance of the Pontifical Council for the Family abortion has been likened to murder. The moral gravity of procured abortion is apparent in all its truth if we recognize that we are dealing with murder and, in particular, when we consider the specific elements involved. The one eliminated is a human ...


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This takes the long route to coming to the actual answer. Unfortunately, the ultimate answer is purely speculative. Whether any given entity would do something is all speculative compared to asking whether a given entity has done that thing. The best we can do is look at what has been done, what has been said, and use logic applied to the complexity and ...


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The Catholic catechism has a section on abortion (2270-2275). It starts with this: Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life. Before I ...


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No, and this isn't surprising considering the state of medical knowledge in Old Testament times. (And it really hadn't advanced all that much by NT times.) There was no way to diagnose that carrying a pregnancy to term would put the mother's life in danger, the way we can today with electric-powered technologies such as ultrasound imaging.


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Both situations described illustrate a lack of faith in God. I would imagine that a Christian pondering the situation would either (please pardon the generalizations) not believe that God knows or is able to save their lives or, not believe that the outcome of carrying the baby to term would ultimately be the best outcome for for both the baby and mother. ...


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Protestant Denominations Wikipedia states that Protestant denominations that support abortion rights include the United Church of Christ, the United Methodist Church, the Episcopalian Church, and the United Presbyterian Church, the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), The United Church of Christ, The United Methodist Church, and the Lutheran ...


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John Cardinal O'Connor, archbishop of New York of 10-20 years ago, once declared that if any woman were having an abortion because of the financial difficulties, to come see him. And as far as "paying the mother to carry child to term", this is essentially the terms of some adoptions. I know of a case where this happened, where an adoption was arranged ...


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I tried to find a primary source for the claims in DickHarfield's answer. I could not find any. People are quoting and re-quoting each other (just like DickHarfield) without a primary source. Unless or Until a primary source is provided this is the best answer I could find on this topic: (These) falsehoods ... have been bandied about by devious ...


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You seem to be laboring with a misconception. contraception and abortion are not the same thing; Contraception loosely defined is the prevention of a pregnancy, while Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy. And while there is some merit to your saying that they both thwart God's plans, you must balance that with the fact that an omniscient God knew that ...


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I personally disagree with this analysis, but typically, if a biblical basis is given, it is this: Exodus 21:22 - 23 22 “If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely[e] but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. 23 But if there is serious ...


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Context for the answer Has Sacred Scripture and the Church referred to the human embryo as a child? And the answer is YES! [cf. RSVCE returned search results for 'with child' and the Didache, 2]. My position as well is that the human embryo is an unborn child. Proceeding to the question I read two questions here 1. Does the Catholic Church consider ...


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I'll reference the previous (nearly identical) question's answers: Exodus 21:22-25 "When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman’s husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if there is harm, then you shall ...


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In the eyes of natural moral law and the church direct abortion is tantamount to murder (whether the legislature agrees or not). Direct abortion is when one chooses to intentionally abort a fertilized egg. However, indirect abortion is not tantamount to murder. Indirect abortion is when one does something that is not intended to harm the child, but the ...


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The idea is based on the following logic: In Exodus we learn that while Israel resided in Egypt under the oppression of the Pharaoh, God planned to bring a deliverer to His people: Moses. However, when Moses was born, Pharaoh had issued a decree to slay the firstborn sons. Moses was spared from this slaughter by the providence of God, and went on to lead ...


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It is not about abortion, it's about Jealousy and the Lord acting as a witness in trials that otherwise had none. Note that the NIV is the only translation to use the word 'miscarriage' (see Numbers 5:22 in parallel to 18 other translations). The translators interpret 'Your thigh to rot' and 'to rot [your] thigh' as 'miscarriage'. Whereas the Hebrew for ...


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While I don't think this "sanctions" abortions per se, I think it is good to draw attention to this passage (and others like Exod 21:22-25) insofar as they show that all the "life begins at conception" etc. rhetoric of the religious right is not as clean-cut as they would have us believe. That said, the context is that of divination---it is the deity, YHWH, ...


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There can be no definitive answer on this. The easiest way is to compare all the different translations and make your own conclusion, for yourself and not for others. Examples: Ecclesiastes 11:5 NIV - As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all ...


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That's not what the Catholic Church teaches, nor does it consider things in this language, generally. The Catholic Church teaches that any Catholic that has an abortion is automatically excommunicated by the action of murdering her child. This excommunication would have to be applied by the woman's bishop to have actual force. Here's information from the ...


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With these kinds of questions (why is this OK and this not?) the question is really a matter of the heart. Why are you using contraception or why are you "using" abortion? God judges our hearts. 1 Samuel 16:17b ESV ...For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” One can come up with several ...


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God knew you, as he knew Jeremiah, long before you were born or even conceived. He thought about you and planned for you. When you feel discouraged or inadequate, remember that God has always thought of you as valuable and that he has a purpose in mind for you. Jeremiah was "appointed" by God as his "Prophet to the nations." God has a purpose for each ...


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This actually comes down to a perspective question, the facts and sources hardly matter, however lets start with a source, the critical one for answering questions regarding Catholicism The Catholic Catechism states: 2286 Scandal can be provoked by laws or institutions, by fashion or opinion. Therefore, they are guilty of scandal who establish laws ...


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The Presbyterian Church of the USA is one of those that holds that abortion is not always immoral. It certainly doesn't hold that abortion is "morally acceptable" or "NOT immoral" in the general case. Some quotes: We affirm that the lives of viable unborn babies—those well-developed enough to survive outside the womb if delivered — ought to be preserved ...



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