Abortion and religion

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Over a third of all pregnancies, across the world, are unplanned.1 The discovery of an unplanned pregnancy affects all women differently. Each woman’s circumstances are unique and there are sometimes reasons why she may not feel able to continue with a pregnancy.
Although some religions oppose abortion under all circumstances, many religions recognise the different factors that influence a woman’s decision on how to proceed with a pregnancy and teach that there are some instances in which abortion is acceptable. Most religions agree that abortion is a last resort; they teach that the decision to have an abortion is a serious one and must not be taken lightly.
This article looks at some of the key moral questions that influence religious thought on abortion as well as looking at the teachings of some of the major world religions.

What are the key questions for people of different faiths?

When does life begin?

Not all religions define a

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