General Article Religion and abortion

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Jehovah’s Witnesses

The Jehovah’s Witnesses and some Evangelical Christian churches teach that abortion is absolutely unacceptable in all circumstances.

Roman Catholic Church

The Roman Catholic Church used to accept abortion up until ‘quickening’ – the moment at which movement is felt in the womb (normally around 16–20 weeks). It is only since 1869 that it has taught that sacred life begins at the moment of conception. Abortion is now prohibited under all circumstances and can be punished by exclusion from the church (excommunication).

Orthodox Judaism

Although Orthodox Judaism teaches that life only begins at the moment of birth, abortion is prohibited except where the mother’s life is at risk or continuing with the pregnancy will seriously damage her health.

Liberal Judaism, Sikhism, Buddhism

Some religions such as Liberal Judaism and Sikhism teach that a woman and her partner

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