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Abortion coursework Jon Geary The definition of abortion The definition of abortion is the Termination of pregnancy and expulsion of an embryo or of a fetus that is incapable of survival. The UK's abortion law Abortion is legal in the UK up to the 24th week of pregnancy. However, if there is a substantial risk to the woman's life or if there are foetal abnormalities there is no time limit. To comply with the 1967 Abortion Act, two doctors must give their consent, stating that to continue with the pregnancy would present a risk to the physical or mental health of the woman or her existing children. However, the 1967 Act does not extend to Northern Ireland, where abortion is still illegal My opinions of reasons for abortion I think the reasons for a woman to have an abortion should be determined by the situation that they are in e.g. if they were raped, I think that this reason would be acceptable. Here are some more reasons for abortion below: * Rape * If the unborn baby has a complication/illness * If the mother has a serious illness themselves * Lifestyle * Financial * Large family * Age * Capability as a mother. If the woman that chose to have unprotected sex and she got pregnant, then this would be a non-valid reason for abortion because the woman knew what she was doing and did not think of the consequences. ...read more.

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Christian Views on Abortion 'You shall not murder' (Exodus 20:13 The Holy Bible New International Version) Within the Christian Church there is generally a keen desire to follow and apply the teachings of the Bible. However this in not easy and a number of alternative readings of Scripture have lead to a variety of viewpoints concerning the moral implications of abortion. Generally the Church is united in its condemnation of abortion. Most Christians believe abortion violates the sixth command which prohibits murderous acts. However there is a keen debate concerning the moment a human embryo/foetus becomes fully human (i.e. when, according to Christian teaching, it has both body and soul). The Catholic Church teaches that ensoulment takes place at the moment of conception and this has been a key reason for their refusal to condone abortion (although Thomas Aquinas taught that the soul of girls was implanted by God at 90 days and the soul of boys at 40 days). Another key factor is Natural Law which Catholics believe shows that the natural consequence of the woman becoming pregnant is to give birth. 'By the authority which Christ conferred upon Peter and his successors, and in communion with the bishops of the Catholic Church, I confirm that the direct and voluntary killing of an innocent human being is always gravely immoral.' ...read more.

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Human life begins at conception so abortion is wrong. The strongest biblical evidence used against abortion is the prohibition to commit murder (Exodus 20:13). Christians against abortion believe the embryo/foetus is human and should be give full human rights. Anyone taking away its life is committing a grievous act of disobedience against God (they are committing murder) and are putting themselves on a level with God who alone gives life and takes it away. '... because he himself gives all [people] life and breath and everything else' (Acts 17:25 NIV) '... when you take away their breath they die and return to the dust' (Psalm 10:29 NIV) '... and the dust returns to the ground it came from and the spirit returns to God who gave it' (Ecclesiastes 12:7 NIV) 'You shall not kill by abortion the fruit of the womb and you shall not murder the infant already born' (The Didache - early Christian manual). 'When I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers... what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honour' (Psalm 8:3-5 NIV) Some Christian arguments for the right to choice Christians who argue a pro-choice position do so by first showing that the Bible does not specifically teach anything about abortion. ...read more.

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