What is the church’s view on abortion?

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The Anglican Church encourages its members to think through issues themselves in light of their Christian faith and in dialogue with the Christian community. The church holds the position that since all human life, including life developing in the womb, is created by God in his own image and is, therefore, to be nurtured, supported and protected, it remains in strong opposition to abortion on demand or as a means of family planning. However, as is the case in the Church of England, many Anglicans recognize that there can be – “Strictly limited – conditions under which it may be morally preferable to any available alternative”. For example, where the continuance of a pregnancy threatens the life of the mother a termination of pregnancy may be justified and that there must be adequate and safe provision in our society for such situations.


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