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Explain the different beliefs that Christians hold about abortion?

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R.E Abortion Coursework Explain the different beliefs that Christians hold about abortion? Abortion means deliberate termination of a pregnancy. The foetus is removed usually before 24 weeks of pregnancy. Abortion Act 1967 say abortion is legal if two doctors independently agree that * The mother's life is at risk if the pregnancy continues. * The mother's mental and well-being is at risk. * Scans or tests have shown the baby is mentally or physically disabled, or has another meaning. * There is a risk of harm from existing children. The biological father has no rights and by law cannot stop an abortion. All Christians believe that human life is sacred. They believe that God created them of his own image. ...read more.

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Before 1967, abortion was illegal and not openly discussed. If a woman had money, she was discreetly taken to clinic for an illegal abortion. Her friends would properly think she had a miscarriage or go away for a break. For those without money the only option was " back street clinics" were untrained people or occasionally, a retired midwife performed the abortion. Knitting needles were routinely used for this "operation", but there was rarely pain relief. Poor hygiene and banned drugs (sometimes) was another feature of back street abortions. Many women haemorrhaged, and some bled to death rather than go to hospital were there symptoms would be recognised. Abortion in Northern Ireland is illegal. ...read more.

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They say abortion destroys God's plan for human life. That is one reason why we all have different gifts and talents; so that we can all play our own special role, in the way God wants us to. A defenceless baby needs special protection since it cannot argue for its own right. The church accepts this in rare cases, certain measures aimed solely at curing medical conditions in an expectant mother may cause the death of an unborn child. The Methodist church- Is different were abortion in this churches is to be "necessary evil" In other words they believe abortion only happens in extreme cases, such as if the mother has been raped." Necessary Evil" is when compassion for an individual case is perceived as a more Christian approach than a fundamental religious principal, such as the 5th commandment. Michelle Wilson Miss Ellis ...read more.

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