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Overview:

The Hebrew and Christian Scriptures (a.k.a. Old and New Testaments) are ambiguous on the matter of the morality of abortion.

bulletConservative denominations and traditions tend to interpret Scripture passages as forbidding abortion.
bulletLiberal faith groups tend to see the Scriptures as either saying nothing about abortion, or allowing it.
bulletMainline groups tend to be in conflict over the topic.
bulletSecular groups tend to derive their beliefs about abortion from sources other than religious texts.

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Topics covered in this section:

bulletIntroduction: "The key question." What a policy statement should include
 
bulletPolicy statements by religious groups: American Baptists to Roman Catholics
 
bulletPolicy statements by religious groups: Salvation Army to United Methodists
 
bulletPolicy statements by secular and ethical/spiritual groups

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Other information sources:

bulletMark Ellingsen, "The Church and Abortion: Signs of Consensus," at: http://www.religion-online.org/
bullet"We Affirm! National Religious Organizations Support Reproductive Choice," at: http://www.rcrc.org/religion/weaffirm/affirm.html
bulletPaul D. Simmons, "Personhood, the Bible, and the Abortion Debate," at: http://www.rcrc.org/religion/es3/es3.html

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Copyright 2001 and 2007 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2001-NOV-16-
Latest update: 2007-MAY-18
Author: B.A. Robinson

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