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How might the Christian faith affect a person’s view of abortion?

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RE GCSE COURSEWORK How might the Christian faith affect a person's view of abortion? Christian's live their lives following the teaching of the bible. They base their arguments about abortion on what is written in the scriptures. In this piece of coursework I'm going to look at the Christian view of abortion and how their faith affects their attitude and behaviour. A definition of abortion is the termination of a developing fetus and it's removal from the womb. Abortion was legalised in Britain in 1967 (The Abortion Act). In 1966, with the encouragement of ALRA, Liberal MP David Steel decided to sponsor an abortion law reform bill. It wasn't straightforward though; there were many people opposed to the decision. Religious groups, government ministers, doctors and medical organisations all had strong views on the subject and there were several influential bodies that opposed the bill. The bill was then modified to appease those in objection to it but MPs could not ignore clear public support for legal abortion. On 27th October 1967 the Abortion Act became law in England, it then took effect six months later on 27th April 1968 in Scotland and Wales. The law states that a woman is aloud to have an abortion up until 24 weeks after conception as long as there is good reason for the pregnancy to be terminated and it is agreed by to independent doctors. ...read more.

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Some people believe the life begins as so as the sperm joins with the egg. Others think it is at approximately * 21 days when the heart starts to beat. * 28 days when backbone and muscles are forming * 40 days when brain waves can be detected * 7 weeks when the embryo begins to move spontaneously * 8 weeks when the embryo can now be called a foetus, everything is now present that will be found in a fully developed adult * After about 9 months when the mother gives birth Its main Christian view is that all human life is sacred, even the baby in the womb. And life starts as soon as conception has taken place. The Catholic Church has always been against any form of contraception but it feels very strongly towards abortion. For Christians the bible is an important text for teaching about their faith. It contains the words and teachings of Jesus. I have picked some quotes to try and illustrate a Christian view. In Jeremiah 1:5, it says: Before you were formed in the body of your mother I had knowledge of you, and before your birth I made you holy; I have given you the work of being a prophet to the nations. ...read more.

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"Although the foetus is to be specially respected and protected, nonetheless the life of the foetus is not absolutely sacrosanct if it endangers the life of the mother" Church of England - Board of Social Responsibility Report 1984 "To regard the life of the mother as less valuable than that of the unborn child does not consider her 'right to life' in terms of her wider roles of wife or mother (actual or potential) of other children, as well in terms of her own person" Abortion, an Ethical Discussion, Church information office 1965, p33 Some people think that abortion is wrong; they believe that life is sacred and should be protected at any cost. Other people think every woman should have a right to choose weather or not she wants to keep here baby. If she keeps it, it would dramatically change her life and only she should decide. I think that there are so many different women in the world and their circumstances are so different that it would be narrow minded to say abortion should be made illegal. If a woman really didn't want to give birth to a child she would find some way of having the baby terminated. This would almost certainly be very dangerous. I think that every woman should have the right to choose for herself. ...read more.

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