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"God gives life and only God can take it away" Discuss. This statement is probably one of the most talked about and controversial of the millennium.

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Emma Partington AO3: "God gives life and only God can take it away" Discuss. This statement is probably one of the most talked about and controversial of the millennium. Many philosophers and professors have studied it and tried to come up with an answer, however in the end it comes down to opinion and faith. In this essay I will try and answer as fully as I can with views for and against. Some say that because God gave life, our lives belong to him, and only he can take them away. However, in the beginning, God let us make our own decisions and use our brain to do things that we see fit. He laid down a set of moral guidelines but whether we follow these should be the decision of the individual not the government, as it is in countries like the Republic of Ireland. It is in places like these where they do not, and according to the law cannot, take into account individual circumstances, such as rape, teenage pregnancy or illness of the mother. ...read more.

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In the bible it states that the penalty for causing a miscarriage is a fine to be paid by the husband, however, the penalty for taking a life that is living outside the womb is: 'Life for life, eye for eye' (Exodus 21:22-25) In the bible, even an infant under the age of one month is considered to be worth a lot less than an adult (Leviticus 27:1-8). God once punished David by killing his newborn son (II Samuel 12:14-19); so apparently the right-to-life of the very young infant was not as important to God as teaching David a lesson. A very early Christian document called Didache condemns abortion saying: "You shall not kill by abortion the fruit of the womb" One question that is often asked is 'who decides what God's opinion is?' 2,000 years ago God wanted everyone to live as long as they could but who knows that nowadays he could be pro-abortion or pro-euthanasia knowing how much technology has advanced and how much more knowledge has been gained. ...read more.

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Therefore, when people who are pro-abortion say that the child is not alive until a much later stage in the pregnancy are wrong and if that is their reason for abortion, it should mean that only abortions before 2 and a half weeks can take place. Catholics and other strict religions condemning abortion do not have a ban of the morning after pill. However taking this pill will stop a pregnancy even if the egg has been fertilized, much likes an extremely early abortion. Nowadays this pill is being taken almost as contraception, which would mean that it was killing hundreds of fertilized eggs every day. My own opinion is that I think abortion, is at the moment, being taken into too lightly. 76% of abortions in the last ten years were done so because having a baby would change the mother's life; job, school e.t.c, which I think is the wrong reason. I think the final decision should be down to the doctor and he should have a set of rules about when abortion should be allowed or disallowed. ...read more.

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