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Abortion What is meant by the word abortion? The definition from the dictionary states that abortion is: The termination of a pregnancy by artificial or chemical means. Since procured abortions were legal over 4.5 million pregnancies have been deliberately ended. The Abortion act in 1967 made abortion legal but before 1967 abortion was illegal in the U.K. and about 200 000 abortions were performed illegally. A legal abortion is made if: * There are two doctors that agree and the procedure is carried out before the baby could survive outside the womb (which is 24 weeks to date). * Continuing the pregnancy would put the mother or other family members at any great risk. * It can avoid permanent injury, physical or physiological damage to the mother. It is not legal in Northern Ireland apart from in exceptional circumstances. There are different reasons for having a procured abortion; * Too young Too many children * Too old Inherit disorder/illness * Too poor Baby is disabled or handicapped * Baby is not wanted Mother's life is at risk * Mother is mentally unstable Lone parent * Inconvenience Rape Year 2000: Abortions on residents in England and Wales, by age group: AGE Number of abortions Percentage of total 15 and under 3,748 2% 16- 19 33,218 19% 20- 24 47,099 27% 25- 29 37,852 22% 30- 34 28,735 16% 35- 39 18,589 11% 40- 45 5,794 3% 45 and over - - People have different ideas on when life begins and when the baby becomes a foetus. ...read more.


"Do you not know that you are God' temple..." (1 Corinthians 3:16). This is saying that we should respect ourselves (God' temple) and so therefore we are valuable as humans. "Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked." (Psalms 82:4). This suggests that the unborn foetus is the weak and needy therefore they need to be protected from those who want to kill them (abortion). "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born I set you apart: I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." (Jeremiah 1:5) "You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb." (Psalms 139:13). These two passages mean that God has knowledge of you even before you were formed in the womb therefore life is precious and should not be destroyed. Christians believe that God alone should determine a human's moment of conception as well as their moment of death. "...the Lord gave, and the Lord taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." (Job 1:21). Some Christians may say that it is wrong to spoil God' plan by preventing a baby from being born, either by using contraception or having an abortion therefore life is very significant. "When in the course of brawl, a man knocks against a pregnant woman so that she has a miscarriage....whenever hurt is done, you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth..." ...read more.


The church merges the strong opposition to abortion with recognition that there can be limited conditions under which it is morally legitimate, for example; * It risks the life or serious health of the mother, either physical or mortal. * A case of rape or incest has been proven * Or where it is known the foetus is damaged or deformed. The United Reformed Church recognises that there is a wide range of views, but it suggests that there is a difference between a foetus that is almost born, and the early stages of pregnancy. The Methodist Conference 1976 declared that abortion is always evil. However single mothers should always be encouraged to have their baby adopted if they choose no to keep it. But the church recognises there are cases where abortion is the lesser of two evils: * In such cases as where the embryo (foetus) is severely handicapped. * The pregnancy is the result of rape * Or the health, either mental or physical, of the mother is at risk. The Salvation Army also believe that life begins at the point of conception. But they do accept that abortion should happen in some cases for example if the mother's life is at risk. Even though Christians are divided on the issue of abortion, all Christians believe it is vital to offer support to everyone who faces hard issues such as these, and they should be offered support and counselling, regardless of what is decided. Kome Emuh 11H ...read more.

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