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Abortion is the removal, or termination of a foetus in the mother's womb.

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Laura Shepherd Abortion Essay Abortion is the removal, or termination of a foetus in the mother's womb. The Abortion Act was introduced in 1967, taking effect in 1968. It says that a woman can have an abortion up to the 24 week gestation period. It also says that a woman can have an abortion if the mother's life is in danger, that is, mental or physical health; if the growing foetus is deformed or if an existing family will suffer as a result of the foetus being born. Two doctors must give their consent before an abortion is allowed to take place. Women who are less than nine weeks pregnant can choose to take the abortion pill. This causes them to have a miscarriage and takes about six hours to work. Most abortions up to twelve weeks are carried out by the removal of the foetus from the mother's womb. ...read more.

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This is a surgical two-stage abortion or a medical induction. During a medical induction, the foetus' heart is stopped and the doctor uses drugs which will make the woman go into labour. A surgical two-stage abortion involves one procedure to cut the umbilical cord and another to remove the contents of the womb. A general anaesthetic is used. The Abortion Act 1967 regulates that abortions must be performed by a registered doctor in a National Health Service hospital or specially chosen location. An abortion may be approved if two doctors agree in assurance that: * If the pregnancy continues, the mother's life will be in danger. * The abortion is necessary to prevent permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the woman. * If the pregnancy continues, existing families may be affected. * There is significant evidence that if the child is born then it would be mentally or physically handicapped. ...read more.

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The bible says that Jesus invited us to live a full life and what life awaits a severely disabled child? However, the bible also says that God gave us all free will and what right do we have to take that away from anyone? Roman Catholics do not allow abortion under any circumstances as they too believe that all life is sacred. This ties in with the natural law theory, that is anything that goes against nature is wrong and is interfering with God's plan. This is even written in the bible: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart" Jeremiah 1:5 I think that every woman should have the right to decide what to do. Every situation is different and abortion should be allowed depending on the circumstances of the woman. Although I don't think that abortion should be allowed at twenty four weeks as babies have been born two weeks earlier than this and have survived. ...read more.

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