For Christians, human life is sacred and is a gift from God which is to be respected and protected. This teaching is called The Sanctity of Life. The Bible teaches that human beings are created in the image of God. It also teaches that murder is forbidden. Jesus reminded his followers that each person is precious to God, so much so that God has counted every hair on their head.
Jesus also taught the importance of loving your neighbour. In the case of abortion, the fetus could be thought of as the neighbour, and so could the mother.
Jesus said, 'The second most important commandment is this: Love your neighbour as you love yourself.'Mark 12:31
Christians understand and apply the guiding principle of the sanctity of life in a variety of ways to the issue of abortion. Within the same church, views may differ. The four main positions are as follows: