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Abortion: Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?

Theology 339

Emily VanKeulen

on 2 April 2013

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Transcript of Abortion: Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?

Supporters Planned Parenthood
Mainstream faith groups:
United Methodist Church
United Church of Christ
Presbyterian Church
Democratic Party (generally) Supporters Catholic Church
NRLC (National Right to Life
Republican Party (generally) Abortion: Pro-Life
or Pro-Choice? Pro-Life Access to legal, professionally-performed abortions reduces injury and death caused by unsafe illegal abortions
Some believe it should only be a last resort, while others advocate for unrestricted access
Birthing children is an important lifelong decision that requires responsible consideration, preparation, and planning. Roe vs. Wade Life should progress from the moment of conception until a person's natural death Pro-Choice 52% believe abortion should be legal under certain circumstances
28% legal under any circumstances
18% say illegal under any circumstances
http://www.gallup.com/poll/148631/Common-State-Abortion-Restrictions-Spark-Mixed-Reviews.aspx 2012 Gallop Poll: Types of Abortion Suction/Vacuum Curettage/Aspiration
Birth Control
Morning-After Pill
Dilation and Evacuation
Dilation and Extraction (Partial Birth Abortion)
Selective abortion According to the US Conference
of Catholic Bishops: "Abortion, the direct killing of an innocent human being, is always gravely immoral; it's victims are the most vulnerable and defenseless members of the human family. it is imperative that those who are called to serve the least among us give urgent attention and prioroity to this issue of justice." "While at times human law may not fully articulate the moral imperative-full protection for the right to life-our legal system can and must be continually reformed so that it will increasingly fulfill it's proper task of protecting the weak and preserving the right to life of every human being, born and unborn." According to Catholic Social Teaching: Every person from the moment of conception until natural death, has inherent dignity, which comes from God, not from any human quality or accomplishment. Life begins at conception, therefore abortion is the killing of a human being
Some people consider themselves pro-life even if they agree that there are instances when abortion is okay, such as rape, incest, or if the mother's life is in danger
The Sixth Commandment is "Thou shalt not kill." (Exodus 20:13) Texas law made it a crime to get an abortion except if the mother's life was in danger
Decided on Jan. 22, 1973
U.S. Supreme Court declared a pregnant woman is entitled to have an abortion until the end of the first trimester of pregnancy without any interference by the state What is YOUR stance on abortion? Pro-Choice 1 3 Neutral 2 4 Pro-Life 5 http://old.usccb.org/prolife/issues/abortion/images/reason_chart.jpg The 2008 Republican Party Platform opposed abortion, stating,
"At it's core, abortion is a fundamental assault on the sanity of innocent human life. Women deserve better than abortion. Every effort should be made to work with women considering abortion to enable and empower to choose life."
However, about 30% of republicans are pro-choice.
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