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An abortion is described as the intentional destruction of a foetus or the inducing of a premature expulsion from the womb to cause its death.

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An abortion is described as the intentional destruction of a foetus or the inducing of a premature expulsion from the womb to cause its death. Abortion is permitted under certain conditions in Scotland, England and Wales. The Abortion Act 1967 and Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 is the legalisation which governs abortion in these regions. According to this, abortion is permitted under the following conditions: if the is a risk to the life of the mother, if there is a risk that the mother may suffer injury to her mental or physical health, if there is a risk to her existing children or if there is a strong chance that the children may suffer from serious mental or physical abnormalities. This legalisation has proved controversial and unsatisfactory to both opponents and supporters of abortion. There are many arguments against abortion. Firstly, a human being exists from the minute of conception. This means that the single cell formed at conception has the potential to develop through all the stages of the human life span. One of the key issues of abortion is: when does life begin? Modern science has been able to prove that the unborn child is a separate human being right from the time of conception and is never just a part of his or hers mother's body. ...read more.

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Also, every aborted foetus is a potential human being, you never know, they could be a Beethoven or a Marie Curie. Beethoven was born deaf and his parents had inherited diseases. Also, his brothers and sisters were all born with disabilities. Yet he went on to be one of the most famous music composers in the world. The supporters of abortion believe that if a woman is raped and becomes pregnant then an offering an abortion is practical way of helping her but in fact only about 1% of abortions are related to rape. So therefore, abortion is unnecessary. Anti-abortionists are convinced that abortion is discrimination against the weak. Just because an unborn baby can't speak doesn't mean that any human can take advantage and treat it any old way. Unborn babies are unique, different and have potential personalities. How could anyone want to take this life away? On the other hand, supporters of abortion believe that the law on abortion does not go far enough and that abortion should be made more readily available. The supporters of abortion have many arguments for abortion. Firstly, an embryo is a cluster of cells which is a potential human being, not an actual person. ...read more.

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Also the mother would most likely not want anything to do with the man who raped her but yet he would still be the father of her baby. It wouldn't be fair to put anyone in that situation. Also, no society has ever been known where abortion has not existed in some form, whatever the male secular and religious leaders have said. A moderate view on abortion suggests that abortion should be allowed under special circumstances, e.g. if the mother has been raped, or if the mother's life would be at risk if she continued with the pregnancy. Presbyterians and Methodists are two examples of religious groups that have a moderate view. After looking at the arguments for and against abortion I have come to the conclusion that I agree with anti-abortionists and that I think that abortion is wrong. The Bible states in Exodus 20:13: 'Do not commit murder'. In the Bible, an unborn baby is seen as a human life with feelings and a personality. I am a Christian and so I agree with the Bible view-point. However I don't think that abortion is just a matter of 'religion' -it is about murder, injustice and the denial of human rights. The UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child states that children need protection before, as well as after birth. Therefore I believe that abortion is a gift to today's society. ...read more.

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