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Abortion is 'the intentional destruction of a foetus or the inducing of a premature expulsion from the womb to cause its death'. This definition sounds rather barbaric and it leads us to ask who could support such an idea.

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Drennan JWA Abortion Coursework 5E5 Abortion is 'the intentional destruction of a foetus or the inducing of a premature expulsion from the womb to cause its death'. This definition sounds rather barbaric and it leads us to ask who could support such an idea. In looking at the case for abortion, there are a number of groups in support of this such as the National Abortion Campaign who want us to realise that usually the woman who is having the baby is best qualified to judge what is the right decision. There is a large difference of opinion over when life begins and it is argued that a minority of people have no right to impose their views on the rest of us. A foetus is only a potential human life in that it is not fully developed and there can be no argument about the humanity of the woman carrying the child. Everyone has the right to control their own fertility. ...read more.


In Psalm 139:13-16 it says: 'you created every part of me; you put me together in my mother's womb. /When my bones were being formed, carefully put together in my mother's womb when I was growing there in secret, you knew I was there/The days allotted to me had all been recorded in your book, before any of them ever began.' This scripture emphasises the fact that to God all human beings are very important as it was he who allocated life to them. In Jeremiah 1: 4&5 it says 'The Lord said to me, 'I chose you before I gave you life, and before you were born I selected you to be a prophet to the nations'. This scripture shows how God finds every potential human as special. The Church as a whole makes it clear it is against abortion as traditional Christian teaching places the highest values on human life. The Church of England said in 1984 'the foetus is to be specially respected and protected' but it said 'the life of the foetus is not absolutely sacrosanct if it endangers the life of the mother'. ...read more.


This is definitely the case in Ecclesiastes 11:5 which states that 'God made everything, and you can no more understand what he does than you understand how new life begins in the womb of a pregnant woman'. I would emphasise how she would be killing a potential human life for reasons of her own convenience. Also in later life I would assure her that she would be possibly guilt stricken knowing that she had had an abortion. In realising that abortion is a highly precarious option I would also point out that if the baby really did become too much there is a huge demand for young babies by couples that cannot have themselves. However this option could have produced problems with guilt over 'letting go' her child. I would urge her to have the baby emphasising that there is a lot of help available from various support groups and that she could rely on her friends also, although the baby will not be an easy prospect. As having a baby will be mentally and physically tiring she will always be safe in the knowledge that she carried out God's will. ...read more.

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