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:''Because our humanity is a psychosomatic unity and because Orthodox Christians see all of life as a continuous and never ending development of the image and likeness toward [[theosis]] and full humanity, the achievement of particular stages of development of the conceptus is not ethically relevant to the question of abortion.
:''In his second canon, St. [[Basil the Great|Basil]] specifically rules out the artificial distinction between the "formed" and "unformed" conceptus (''[[The Rudder]]'', pp. 789-790). Thus, any abortion is seen as an evil. Since the physical and the personal aspects of human existence are understood as essential constitutive elements of our humanity, the conceptus—unfulfilled and incomplete as it may be—may not be destroyed under normal circumstances. Eastern Orthodox ethicists reject as unworthy those counterarguments which appeal to economic and social reasons and so hold life to be less valuable than money, [[pride]], or convenience. Armed with modern genetic information, they also reject the argument that an abortion may be justified because a woman is entitled to control her own body. That basic affirmation of self-determination is not rejected; what is rejected is the claim that the conceptus is a part of the mother's tissue. It is not her body; it is the body and life of another human being entrusted to her for care and nurture.
God is the author of life; he never wants us to die for any reason. Rather, he wants all of us to live. Our personal ethical task is to receive the [[Cross]] and [[Resurrection]] with [[eucharist|thanksgiving]] and not to curse the [[grace]] he gives us because of the cross he asks us to bear. In this case, the woman's cross is to bear a child and not to harm the child in any way. God created nature and called it good; it should never be destroyed.
== External Links links ==
*[ Project Rachel]
*[ The Fathers on Abortion]

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