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Compare the role and responses of Christianity and one other religious tradition Buddhism Islam Judaism Hindu into THREE of the following issuespolitical debates in Australia since 1901 CHRISTIANITY AND ABORTION Before I formed you in the womb I knew you and before you were born I consecrated you Jeremiah 15 Perhaps in no other area for the general public has the Churchs teaching on abortion been so uncompromising and clear Indeed often in society and especially in Catholic circles abortion has become such a highly charged emotional question that a calm rational treatment is extremely difficult Abortion is death of a living person The Hon Ted Cunningham MLA of Western Australia said on March 17 1998 No gynaecologist anywhere in this world will tell a woman Madam for the first few months of your pregnancy you are having a fish Naturally it is always a baby in the womb It is beyond any doubt that what has been destroyed is nothing less than a child Every person was once a foetus Some may say that these are extremely harsh words They are totally wrong they are very true words Abortion has been opposed since ancient times The Sumerian Code of about 2000 BC is the oldest known system to outlaw abortion The foetus was regarded as a human being in the Assyrian Code of about 1500 BC The Orthodox Church has opposed abortion regarding it as murder and a serious sin since the days of the Apostles The Catholic Church has always condemned abortion as a grave evil Christian writers from the first-century author of the Didache to Pope John Paul II in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae The Gospel of Life have maintained that the Bible forbids abortion just as it forbids murder In the early days of Christianity the Roman Empire was very much like the modern world where abortion was practiced on demand The early Church
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