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Abortion is a case of two sides and in this section of my coursework I am going to go through the reasons why women go for an abortion in the first place.One of

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Abortion A) The oxford English dictionary defines abortion as being " The premature delivery, or the procuring of such: arrest of development: failure: anything that does not reach maturity". Abortion is a case of two sides and in this section of my coursework I am going to go through the reasons why women go for an abortion in the first place. One of the most common reasons for abortion is that of teenage pregnancy. If a girl becomes accidentally pregnant as a result of her own carelessness, she would be in a great dilemma of whether to keep the baby and maybe give up her own education or to have abortion and to go against her moral beliefs. If the girl happened to be a catholic she would be more likely to keep the baby as abortion goes against the morals of the Christian Churches. However there is an alternative for a girl, she could go ahead and have the baby and then have it fostered. This would give her the chance to pursue her education and then take on the baby when she is in a more appropriate situation to do so. This would seem like a good idea but it would go against her maternal instincts as when she has the baby her natural reaction is that she would want to keep it because she feels she has that responsibility as a mother. ...read more.

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Nevertheless, the Presbyterian Church would discourage the taking of innocent life, even in such traumatic cases, and would try their best to discourage the mother from abortion by such methods as counselling and meetings with PRO LIFE organisations. " The scriptures leave us I no doubt that from his earliest days in the womb, the unborn Child is fully human, a person made in the image of God" (leaflet on abortion) This shows us that Presbyterians have similar views to Catholics and believe strongly in the sanctity of human life. The Catholic Church- The Catholic church's viewpoint towards abortion is very much set in stone. It condemns it under all circumstances and believes that it is morally wrong "The deliberate decision to deprive an innocent human being of its life is always morally wrong" (Pope Paul II) Catholics have strong views on abortion and some believe that these views can be rather harsh, for example the rape case as they don't believe it's worthy of the mother terminating her child's life. The Catholic Church goes as far as excommunicating a woman from their church if she has had an abortion. Catholic's do allow some leeway regarding abortion, Although Catholics refuse to accept abortion as an acceptable solution to 'unwanted' pregnancies they do accept that there might be time when an abortion occurs as a result of trying to deal with another medical issue. ...read more.

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However being a Christian I can understand the churches teachings of the sanctity of human life. The Catholic Church would maybe allow some leeway as regards their abortion policy on this case "From the time that the ovum is fertilised a new life is begun which is neither that of the father or the mother. It is the life of a new human being with its own growth. It would never become human if it were not human already" Document on Procured Abortion (1974) [Roman Catholic Church] The girl is in such a strange mindset that the church, in particular, need to empathise with her. They need to show some understanding towards this case instead of turning a blind eye. The Presbyterian Church in particular have it right, in my opinion, they condemn abortion however can understand with special circumstances and allow it to take place i.e. rape. They call abortion the "lesser of two evils". In this case the girl does not really have much other options other than abortion. She could considering having the baby fostered however she may feel that it goes against her maternal instincts and decide to keep the baby when she gives birth to it. In conclusion I feel that abortion is wrong but under special circumstances eg rape, incest etc it could and should be allowed. This is black and white in the Catholic Church and they believe it is completely and morally wrong. ...read more.

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