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Abortion is never justified. Do you agree?

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6th September 2003 Title 1- Abortion A.i what is meant by abortion? A.ii what biblical teachings and church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion? B - Explain how Christians might put their beliefs into action. C - Abortion is never justified. Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answers and show that you have thought about different points of view. You must refer to Christianity in your answer. A i. What is meant by the word abortion? There are generally two types of abortion - spontaneous which is a natural miscarriage. Or there is induced which is the deliberate killing of an unborn child. When people talk about abortion they usually mean induced abortion - the deliberate killing of an unborn child. In this essay I am going to talk about induced abortions. 'Abortion is the natural or induced expulsion of the foetus from the womb before it s able to survive independently' (from the pocket oxford dictionary of current English). Another definition from the Collins new school dictionary 2nd edition - 'if a woman has an abortion her pregnancy is ended deliberately'. Abortion is when the foetus is terminated before the pregnancy reaches 'full term', they normally happen in the early weeks of the pregnancy up to 24 weeks (in the England). If the mother is heavily pregnant than this it can be very distressing for her, emotionally and physically. Also beyond the 24-week period the foetus could survive outside the womb. Sometimes an abortion is a good idea because the mother or the foetus life could be in danger. People may decide to have an abortion for many reasons, such as: the mother may not have been in a serious relationship and will probably not want to bring up a child single handedly. She may have got pregnant at an inconvenient time such as; she is still studying, her job, too young to handle the stress and pressure and doesn't want to commit her life to a child. ...read more.


It shows that to God the unborn child is of value so who are we to deny life and the value of the life? 'You shalt not kill' 6th commandment exodus 20:13 They could also argue this point, because many Christians believe abortion is killing life. But some Christians probably don't see the 6th commandment in this situation of abortion because it didn't exist over 2000yrs ago. But the laws today are based on those 10 commandments. 'Be fruitful and increase, fill the Earth' Genesis 1: 28 This passage tells us that we should reproduce and abortion is denying Gods will. But isn't the world full enough already? Since a good majority of the world is over populated and is in living in poverty because of it. Also this is a passage in the bible that is if you like for abortion: If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman's husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take a life for a life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth. Exodus 21:22-25 This story is basically about a woman who gets attacked by a man and the punishment for the miscarriage is a fine. But the punishment for the woman's death is the death penalty. This consults the issue of which life is more important woman or unborn child. In this case the bible says the woman's life is more important, so this case Christians could argue that abortion is allowed in this example. This statement is also commenting on the value of life saying that the living woman s life is more important than the unborn child's. Another example from the bible is where it says 'treat others as you would like to be treated', so say if you got pregnant accidentally and you were in an inappropriate situation to have a child would you want support and care during this time. ...read more.


I think of it as what would I do if I were in that situation. Could I be saved by science or just left to die in pain? I know which one I'd choose. So I don't think abortion is 'playing God', because if God a plan for everyone, then I believe that is part of the plan. I do have nothing against abortion but I do think that no one should be put in the position of deciding to have an abortion in the first place. They should have taken precautions when they first had sex. This is when there controversy in the Roman Catholic Church because they aren't allowed to use contraception, so when the woman gets pregnant and cant handle a child, no matter how religious she is, how does she go through the abortion. That s why I think that Catholic Church teaching is impractical. That is also why when you are discussing abortion you have to imagine what you would do if you had to decide whether to have an abortion or not. If I was pregnant and couldn't handle a child mentally or physically, I would be able to have an abortion. I also think that the 1967 abortion act was the thing to do and I think that it doesn't encourage women to have an abortion it just gives them reassurance, and for not to be so afraid. But I do think properly that abortion should be only when wither lives are in danger and I think that means mentally aswell as physically. I don't believe that you can choose which life is more important: mother or child's. But I think it's the mother's decision because it's her body. Many people would disagree because they may believe that the mother has had a life already and it's someone else's time also some may say that she is not in a stable state to make that decision. This is why I disagree with the statement that 'abortion is never justified'. ...read more.

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