• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Examine and Comment on The Beliefs About Abortion

Extracts from this document...


Examine and Comment on Religious Influences on Beliefs about Abortion Abortion is the deliberate termination of a pregnancy. The rate at which abortion is carried out around the world is increasing in numbers and is accepted in many more countries. I will be discussing the Christian and Islamic views on abortion. The general religious beliefs about abortion are that it is wrong. Life is sacred and is protected by the divine authority. God gave us life and it is his gift to us therefore he should decide when to take our life away. Abortion is going against this religious law as a sacred, God gifted life is taken away. The word morality comes from the Latin word moralis. It's concerned with which actions are right and which are wrong. Abortion is therefore also morally wrong as it is an action which is wrong. However, the question can be raised that if the woman is raped is the child conceived as sacred as that of a child conceived in marriage? In the view of morality the significance of the child would be the same as in rape and marriage the end result is the same; a new life is bought to the world. However, if the mothers life is in danger as a result of the child than is it acceptable to abort? Socially abortion would be accepted as the mother's life is being saved. If the mother chooses not to abort the child than her life and the life of the child maybe at risk. In the view of religion and morality abortion would also have to acceptable as the mother's life is at risk and if the mother did choose to abort, than the child would be bought up without a mother. This maybe the only time abortion is acceptable socially, morally and religiously. Islamic View Muslims believe that the Holy Quran was the final testament revealed to mankind in the time of the Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him). ...read more.


One of the Ten Commandments is "Do not kill". The Commandments, being the word of God have to be strictly followed so killing is absolutely wrong; therefore abortion is absolutely wrong according to Christianity. The Church says that human life begins when the woman's egg is fertilised by a male sperm. From that moment a unique life begins, independent of the life of the mother and father. The features that distinguish us from our parents, the colour of our eyes, the shape of our face, are all laid down in the genetic code that comes into existence then. Each new life that begins at this point is not a potential human being but a human being with potential. Therefore, the foetus has to be treated like a human being. As killing a human being is wrong, this supports the fact that abortion is wrong. Further more, The Church condemned abortion as early as the 2nd century CE; a document called the Didache, written in the 2nd century (some time after 100 CE.), states: "You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish". Pope John Paul II took a very strong line on abortion, describing it as murder. In 1995, Pope John Paul II wrote a teaching letter to the whole Catholic Church called 'Evangelium Vitae' (The Gospel of Life). He stated the fundamental position of the Church: "I confirm that the direct and voluntary killing of an innocent human being is always gravely immoral". Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, 1995 In this he was directly referring to abortion, euthanasia and the destruction of human embryos in medical research. On abortion specifically the Pope wrote: "I declare that direct abortion, that is, abortion willed as an end or as a means, always constitutes a grave moral disorder, since it is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae, 1995 However, not all Catholics believe in what the Pope says about abortion. ...read more.


This scenario is similar to that in abortion as the choices are to continue with the pregnancy and give birth at the end of it or, to abort the child early on in the pregnancy. Judith Jarvis continues and relates the story with abortion and states that abortion is wrong. This again is yet another article that doesn't agree with abortion. However, one could argue that in the article the violinist is an individual and so is the person that is plugged with the violinist. They both have equal rights. However, during pregnancy the mother has more rights to live than the foetus so one could argue that the child could be aborted. Another school of thoughts may argue that the mother should decide on the abortion. She has more rights and it is her life that is going to change whether the abortion takes place or doesn't. It is completely legal in the U.K. for an abortion to take place so the mother wouldn't be wrong to have an abortion. The mother of the child mat only be young and it may have been an accident that she became pregnant; the best choice for her would be to abort as she is too young for a child, wouldn't be financially fit to supply the child and the child may be a burden on her is she were to continue with the pregnancy. Leslie Cannold argues that the child can only be aborted depending on the reason why it is to be aborted. I believe that abortion is wrong in all circumstances. Only if the mother's life is at risk is the abortion to take place. It is immoral for the mother to abort the child for any reason other than this as it seen as murder in both Islam and Christianity. I believe that God created us to live life as a gift, not for it to be destroyed; therefore, He is the only one with the right to take it too. As it states in the Holy Quran: Quran 4:29 ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Abortion and other medical issues section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Abortion and other medical issues essays

  1. arguments for and against abortion.

    everything was sorted out, the fear of all abortions going illegal in every country could produce escalating female deaths due to illegal abortions. Rape victims should also get the chance to have the baby aborted because how can you force a victim of violent rape to give birth to a rapist's child.

  2. Describe the Muslim Teaching on the sanctity of life and how this can be ...

    Thalassemia, a genetic blood disorder that causes severe anaemia, and eventually leads to death. Another Ayatollah of Iran, Yusuf Saanei issued another fatwa permitting abortion in the first three months for various reasons. Saanei claimed that abortion was generally forbidden in Islam, but claimed that; 'But Islam is also a

  1. Discursive Essay On Abortion.

    In my opinion, if a woman does not feel she is ready to bring up a child, the best option is to give the child up for adoption, as there are thousands of people who are desperate to foster or adopt children.

  2. Is abortion justifiable in cases of rape or incest?

    About 30 women died on average per year. I think that the only thing changed about this act is that abortion should be available to those in Northern Ireland. I can understand the pro-life aspect of this argument, but I feel that it's the woman's choice whether or not she wishes to have a baby.

  1. Discursive Essay on Abortion

    Do you think unwanted children should be allowed to stay in the world? Host: What do you mean? Steve: There are lots of unwanted children in the world, and unfortunately many are abused. But should we execute them in order to prevent them from being abused?

  2. Describe Kant's reasons for defending the need for the categorical imperative. How useful are ...

    In the case of abortion, it is not the foetus that is being treated, as the means to the end, but it is the procedure of the abortion that is the means to the end. So, still we are rejecting abortion as morally unacceptable.

  1. With reference to abortion, examine and comment on the view that the sanctity of ...

    Immanuel Kant, the renowned German philosopher, believed that the ultimate principle of morality must be a moral law conceived so abstractly that it is capable of guiding humanity to the right action for every conceivable set of circumstances. Kant voiced deontological views and believed in moral absolutes, as he believed

  2. Abortion in Australia, the law and viewpoints.

    Many people make the pregnant woman?s rights the only one to be considered in the abortion controversy. However, I believe the rights of the foetus should also be taken into account. Crucial questions still remain: Is a foetus a human being to be protected or a mere piece of tissue that can simply be discarded?

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work