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Could a Christian ever approve of Abortion?

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Hatice Giritli Hwk Monday 15th November 2004 Could a Christian ever approve of Abortion? An Abortion is the medical procedure of inducing expulsion of a human foetus to terminate a pregnancy. Doctors use the term "abortion" to mean any death of a baby in the womb of its mother and the expulsion from the body. This sometimes happens at its own accord: this is usually called a miscarriage. However, what most of us mean by "abortion" is really a procured abortion. This is when the foetus or growing child is deliberately killed and removed from the womb. Abortion used to be a crime. In Ireland and a lot of other places, but in most western countries the laws have changed and today it is possible to get a legal abortion. Since 1973 the law in the USA has said that a woman has the right to have her pregnancy ended in this way if she wants to. She does not have to give any reason for this except that she wants it done. Following a Supreme Court review of the law in1989, some states have passed laws making abortion more difficult to obtain, in particular by restricting the number of abortions that can be performed on State property. The law in the UK states that an abortion can be performed up to the end of the 24th week of pregnancy if ...read more.

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This position is usually called "abortion on demand". Women have the right to control their own bodies, they say, and the foetus is part of a woman's body. Too often in the past men have made the rules in order to keep women in their control, and this is what has happened with abortion. Women have the right to choose what to do for themselves. * Others accept that the foetus is a human being, but argue that if the baby is unwanted it is like somebody who breaks into your house. * Some people believe that abortion should be allowed, but only up to the point at which the baby is capable of being born alive and surviving outside the womb; before they hold that it is really part of the woman's body and she should have control over it. A few of the views against abortion are: * Abortion is always wrong - Abortion is always wrong in the eyes of a lot of people because to them it seems that the mother I killing a part of her, a miracle, murdering her own child, her own blood. * A lot of people think that abortion is necessary evil - This would be people that understand the need of the mother to abort yet still think it is wrong and is just a work of evil, "the work of the devil". ...read more.

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The view of the protestant churches is that abortion is generally unwanted, but that it may be acceptable in some circumstances. It is not always clear what these circumstances are, and perhaps for this reason a minority protestant group campaigns for greater emphasis on what they see as a woman's right to make the decision to have an abortion. The Roman Catholic Church says "We have been made like God. God plans the birth of all babies and makes them with the parents. In every foetus God has made a completely new human being. Human life is given by God, so all people mist realise, only God can end life that was given by him". In conclusion I believe that yes, a Christian could approve of abortion. One of the ways in which a Christian could approve an abortion would be if the mothers' life is at risk and the baby has to be aborted because to a lot of people abortion is wrong and is "the devils work". I believe that the only way that a Christian could approve of abortion would be through the "most loving course of action" or if the mothers' life was at risk. Another way a Christian could approve of abortion, I believe would be if the child was at a point of viability (the baby was old enough, 24 weeks, to survive on its own after being taken out of the womb). By Hatice Giritli 10CU ...read more.

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