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Abortion and Religions.

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The dictionary definition of abortion is; the premature termination of a pregnancy that may be induced or spontaneous. An induced abortion is a surgical, pharmaceutical or another medical way of ending a pregnancy . A spontaneous abortion is a natural loss of a fetus, usually before 20 weeks, this is called a miscarriage. In 1967 the Abortion Act was put into place,this did not legalise abortions but rather provided a legal defence for those carrying them out. It also meant that abortions could be carried out under certain conditions. One condition is that the continuance of the pregnancy would cause more physical or mental problems to the mother than a termination. Also the women's foreseeable future environment like her home may be take into account. Abortion is allowed up to twenty-four weeks and is also allowed if there is a risk that when the child is born, it would suffer from physical or mental abnormalities or be seriously handicapped. It must be permitted by two doctors unless it is an emergency abortion where it can be decided and carried out by just one. Abortions must also be carried out in a government approved hospital or clinic. Abortion and Religions Although abortion is legal it is not accepted among many people Abortion may be seen as murder depending on when people think that life begins. ...read more.

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Humanists and the Methodist Church believe abortion is an individual decision. They teach that you should have compassion for women as well as reverence for life. They also say you should weigh up the pros and cons of abortion before making any decisions. The Sanctity of Life The sanctity of life is a religious phrase that refers to the idea that life is sacred. It debates the moral ideas of abortion, and what makes a person - how old do you have to be to be classed as a person? Christian believe that all life is a gift from God and human life is special and sacred. Men and women are created in the image of God and therefore superior and different to all other forms of life. Since we are given domain over all other living things we can shape events like nothing else can. Since we were all made in God's image , we are all to be nurtured, supported and protected. If a human decides to abort a life, they are rejecting God, and this person who is being killed does not get to be nurtured, supported and protected, therefore as well as rejecting God you are denying his will. ...read more.

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At four and a half months they can feel pain. At five months you can feel the baby move. At six months you can still abort the baby. The bay will be staring to hear at this age The child sleeps and wakes, nestling in her favorite positions to sleep, and stretches upon waking up. This is the latest legal abortions can take place. Depending on the circumstance the baby can be aborted later than the 24 weeks, however these causes are very rare. Many people think that the abortion cut of date is too late, and should be cut down. Some people think this because babies have been born at twenty weeks old and survived and therefore at 24 weeks a baby could survive if born so why should we abort it when it could be born and given up for adoption instead of terminating its life or future life. Facts and Figures One in three pregnancies will end in induced abortion. Women aged 20 to 34 are most likely to have an abortion. 60% of abortions are carried out between 4 to 9 weeks. 63% of abortions are carried out by single women. 95% of legal abortions are carried out due to the pregnancy involving greater risk than if terminated. Over six million children have been aborted. Athena Lythgoe Abortion Essay ...read more.

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