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????????????????????????? Section A Abortion is when a woman spontaneously ends a pregnancy. There are two types of abortion: spontaneous and induced. Spontaneous abortion or miscarriage is when a foetus dies naturally inside the mother. Induced abortion is when the foetus is deliberately killed by taking it from the mother's womb. This essay is about induced abortion. There are no direct teachings from the bible about abortion but the Didache, written in 70AD is the oldest known Christian document says. "Thou shall not kill the foetus in it's mother's womb." It means that to kill a child of any form is wrong. Whilst there are no direct quotes about abortion from the bible, there are many that can be interpreted to include abortion such as in the ten commandments "Thou shall not kill". In Isaiah 49:5, it says "the lord formed me in the womb to be his servant." Which means that God has a purpose for everyone. Psalm 127:3 says, "sons are a gift from the Lord and children a reward from him." Which is saying that children are a blessing from God. In Matthew 18:10 it says "Never despise one of these little ones; I tell you they have their guardian angels in heaven, who look continually on the face of my heavenly father." ...read more.


This is saying that if you kill someone, God will kill you but this raises the question is the foetus a living thing because if it isn't, then you are not killing it. Looking at the bible again, in Luke 1:44 it says, "I tell you when your greeting sounded in my ears, the baby in my womb leapt for joy." Which is saying that the foetus has feelings and therefore is alive. If Christians accept the bible's teachings that life begins at conception then they cannot accept abortion and they must take it for murder. Section B Abortion in Britain was not available 'on demand'. Until 1967, all abortions were illegal unless the mother's life was in danger. If a woman wanted an abortion she would either have to go to a private clinic to carry out the illegal operation, but if she didn't have enough money she would have to go to back-street clinics and let the operation be carried out by unqualified people. After visits to these back-street clinics, many women suffered permanent ill health as a result and some died. In 1967 it was decided that to stop these illnesses and deaths happening, abortion had to be made legal so the 1967 abortion act came into effect. ...read more.


When Carol was 19, she went on holiday and was raped. When she later found out that she was pregnant she found it very hard to tell anyone. She eventually told her mother who told her not to get an abortion. She becomes a friend with a man, who had a wife and kids, she saw how happy they were together and decided that adoption is the right choice. Once she had the baby, she gave the baby "all the love of a lifetime in 8 days" and then let her be adopted. 10 years later, she says that she has no regrets. Section C Depending on your religious beliefs, abortion is either fully justified, never justified or sometimes justified. Some people believe that it is okay to have an abortion if you were raped or if the baby is going to be born with a disease. These are views that you might hear from Methodists. Some people believe that there is never a reason to abort and the can use the story of the 12 year old girl from Glasgow and the story of Carol to back their views up. These are views that you might hear from Roman Catholics. I believe that abortion can be justified but only in extreme cases. David Jacques ...read more.

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