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Abortion is the termination of pregnancy before birth, resulting in, or accompanied by the death of the foetus.

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Abortion Coursework Abortion is the termination of pregnancy before birth, resulting in, or accompanied by the death of the foetus. Some abortions occur naturally because a foetus does not develop normally or because the mother has an injury or disorder that prevents her from carrying the pregnancy to term. This type of spontaneous abortion is commonly known as a miscarriage. Other abortions are induced that is, intentionally brought on because a pregnancy is unwanted or presents a risk to a woman's health. An abortion can be carried out through the following methods. Methods of abortion The following methods are usually performed under general anesthetic. Suction method This method has to be performed before twelve weeks. In this type of abortion a vacuum machine dismembers the foetus; this is the most common early surgical technique. The cervix (neck of the womb) must be stretched open to allow the surgeons to insert a plastic tube into the womb. The surgeon then uses the suction tube to evacuate the placenta from the womb. A small metal instrument is sometimes used to remove any remaining fragments of tissue. It is used to scrape the uterus lining. The patient is in hospital for 1 day. Vacuum aspiration accounts for around 90% of abortionists in England and Wales up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. Dilation and cutterage This can be done at later stages but is usually only performed in extreme circumstances e.g. if the baby is seriously deformed. In this procedure a loop-bladed knife called a curette dismembers the baby. The mother's cervix (neck of the womb) has to be stretched open prior to the abortion. Then a tube attached to a vacuum pump is used to remove any remaining tissue. This can cause damage leading to death or premature delivery of a baby in a subsequent pregnancy. According to doctors, in Britain steps are now taken in National Health Service hospital abortions to soften the cervix to minimize the risk. ...read more.

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It is our duty to reproduce and fill the land with Gods children, which is our purpose in life which should be carried out. If we do not we are committing a sin, nor do we have the right to decide when the right time is to have a child, that is Gods decision. Nowhere in the bible does it say we should have control of when we have children and how many of them we have. Everything happens and lives for a reason, the reason we are here is to reproduce and to act as a catalyst for Gods children to develop. However the passage does contain the words "bring it under their control" so does this suggest that we have control over the children we have and when we have them? Does this give us more powers? God wants us to have control over our lives and he expects us to make responsible and adequate decisions as to how out lives are lived. Does this therefore give us the right to decide our parenthood end therefore a pregnancy if we believe it is the best thing? Different people will have different views on this passage. 1 CORINTHIANS 3 v16-17 "Surely you know that you are Gods temple and that Gods spirit lives in you! So if anyone destroys Gods temple you will destroy him for Gods temple is holy and you yourself are his temple". Every human being contains a part of God. We are therefore holy and sacred. We are a temple of what we should worship as does God, we are Gods temple. If anyone kills this holy temple through murder or abortion, they are destroying a part of God and a part of his temple. As well as having no respect for him, you will have no respect for your self as a human body is a sacred and holy temple that has the right to be protected and preserved until Gods planned death is imminent. ...read more.

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In the end, they accept that they are each responsible, for their own lives, to God. They only rely on the experience of other Quakers. There are many different opinions within the society. Quakers question the controversial issues such as when life begins and if God is present in each and every conception. Whatever a Quaker decides, they are always loved and supported. Roman Catholic Church Roman Catholics believe abortion is always wrong as it goes against the natural process of childbirth and therefore against the will of God. They believe that an unborn child is a human and a gift from God, worthy of complete respect. They believe that all life should be protected and see abortion as murder in all cases. Catholics believe that contraception is a form of abortion as it prevents fertilization. "Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person.... Abortion is a horrible crime." Salvation Army Salvationists believe in the sanctity of all human life from the moment of fertilisation. They believe that life is sacred and should be protected from the moment of conception. The rights of both the woman and the foetus are always considered and no-one is ever turned away no matter what. They do except termination of a pregnancy when: * The birth of the baby would cause a serious threat to the mother * The pregnancy is a result of rape * The foetus lacks 'cognitive function'. United Reform Church The members of the church all have different opinions and have therefore refused to take part in any recent major debates. The vast diversity comes from some people supporting the right for the woman's choice and those who wish to ban abortion. They are more concerned about the welfare of the mother and they usually just describe the foetus as 'potential'. Each case is seen as individual and a decision is made concerning the mother's and the community's best interest. Laura Kay 10PF ...read more.

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