Anglican views on abortion
The Anglican church lacks a clear position on abortion.
The General Synod, the governing body of the Church of England, has passed resolutions stating their official position:
|“||The Church of England combines strong opposition to abortion with a recognition that there can be - strictly limited - conditions under which it may be morally preferable to any available alternative.||”|
In attempting to clarify when abortion may be a morally preferable option, the General Synod resolved in 1983:
|“||That in situations 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.||”|
There is still room for the Church to clarify which "strictly limited" conditions are required for abortion to be morally preferable.
- "Abortion." March 8, 2011. BBC - Religions. http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/christianethics/abortion_1.shtml