There take place 46 Million abortions worldwide every year and 126, 000 on every single day. This is the list of the abortions in public hospitals and as there are uncountable numbers of unofficial abortions take place in clinics and homes using barbarous methods; the list may stretch double the length. Abortion is the murder of a helpless human being; helpless to the extreme of not able to part the lips to cry when a catheter gulps the head and a knife slices legs and hands.
The most fascinating fact about abortion is that human mothers never shed not even a drop of tear after crushing their babies into a mug-full of juice of flesh and blood and walk down to the streets with no shades of regret on face.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
How many cute babies have been devilishly annihilated so far? How many tender cries for life have gone unheard in our laboratories and hospitals? And how many flames of lives have been blown off in the wombs itself till date? Who counts cares the ever-growing numbers and ocean wide tears…
Religions, the guardians of ethics and morality have always been raising sharp edged swords of protest against abortion, the most brutal act modernism, and the most inhuman effect of scientific development. Let us go through the views of world religions on abortion:
Christian view of abortion
Killing of any sort with any intention is considered as a mortal crime in Christianity. Even though Bible has no mentions about abortion; Christian doctrines and teachings from nail to head castigate abortion even the one practiced to avid the birth of an unhealthy child. Christians hold that God sanctifies every aspect of human life starting from conception. Christian writers from the first-century author of the Didache, to the late Pope Paul VI in his Humanae Vitae, to Pope John Paul II in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae ("The Gospel of Life") have maintained that Christian scripture and tradition forbids abortion.
The Roman Catholic Church firmly holds that "the first right of the human person is his life" and that life is assumed to begin at fertilization. Therefore, even when a woman's life appears jeopardized, choosing her life over her child's is no less discrimination between two lives - and therefore morally unacceptable. However the church has made a clear distinction between direct abortion and indirect abortion and has a little mild towards indirect abortion that occurs during a treatment used to save the life of the mother which has the secondary side effect of killing the unborn child.
Abortion: An Islamic point of view
Islam, the second largest religion on earth disapproves the act of abortion arguing that the right to terminate life rests with God alone. However the prohibition dependence on the various circumstances and situations. The graveness may differ from case to case. Respect for life and the significance of preserving life is an integral part of the Islamic faith. Thus, both the life of the mother and that of the fetus play an important role in defining Islam's position on abortion. In the case where the woman's life is threatened by the pregnancy, Muslims jurists agree that abortion is allowed based on the principle that "the greater evil should be warded off by the lesser evil; that is the mother"s death should be avoided by aborting the baby. In such cases the physician is considered a better judge than the scholar.
There are different opinions among Muslim scholars regarding the beginning of human life. Some believe that at the very moment a fetus is formed, life begins, some believe that life begins only after 120 days when the fetus becomes fully human. Modern scholars now challenge the period of 120 days, suggesting that the fetus moves long before the mother feels the motion. This has led to the suggestion that abortion may be prohibited at any period after pregnancy.
Even though there are certain exceptions allowed, Islam never agrees abortion on baseless reasons and condemns it as mortal sin.
To be continued with the view points of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism etc…