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Fate of the Unborn Throughout history there has been a diversity of opinions regarding induced abortion from various religions and countries To this day there is no unified agreement within different religions and law authorities concerning the morality of abortion Looking at abortion throughout time and around the globe provides an enlightening perspective on this important issue Catholicism Buddhism and Judaism emphasize on the importance of human life and oppose abortion with respect to their religious laws and beliefs Roman Catholics Jews and Buddhists have scriptures and laws that emphasize on the importance of human life According to Roman Catholics the fifth divine commandment states Thou shall not kill Ex 2013 Dt 517 This suggests that human life is sacred because since its beginning the loving and creative action of God has been involved with the making of humans Number 2270 of the Catholic Catechism states From the first moment of 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 Catechism of the Catholic Church author unknown God has given life to mankind and it is crucial for them to take good care of this precious gift By supporting abortion one is opposing the fifth commandment and the laws of God Not only does Catholics believe that God gives life but the Jewish sacred scripture the TaNak also agrees on this subject matter In Isaiah 4915-16 a line states The Lord called me before I was born while I was in my mothers womb he name me This suggests that the Lord had known mankind before one was born The Lord loves His creations and does not want any harm cast upon them The Mishnah emphasizes this point with the quote that reads Whoever destroys one life is as if he destroyed a whole world and whoever preserves a life is as if he preserved the whole
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