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I chose to do my Religous Studies coursework on abortion

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Contents Question Titles ~ Page 2 Statement of Intent ~ Page 3 Question A ~ Pages 4-6 Question B ~ Pages 7-8 Question C ~ Pages 9-10 Bibliography ~ Page 11 Statement of Intent I chose to do my Religous Studies coursework on abortion as I believe it is an issue that effects a lot of people, and I personally have my own views on the subject. We also have very thorough notes on this issue, and I had a lot of resources to find my information. Title 1 (a) (i) What is meant by the word 'abortion'? (ii) What biblical and Church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion? (b) Explain how Christians might put their beliefs about abortion into action. (c) 'Abortion is never justified.' Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answer and show that you have thought about different points of view. You must refer to Christianity in your answer. (a) (i) What is meant by the word 'abortion'? Abortion is the "premature expulsion of the foetus from the womb", before it has reached the full term of 40 weeks. Sometimes this happens naturally, through no choice of the parents, and this is called a miscarriage, or spontaneous abortion. However, when people talk about abortion, they usually mean a "procured abortion" which is when the parents choose to have the foetus removed by an operation. ...read more.

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b) Explain how Christians might put their beliefs about abortion into action. Most Christians believe that abortion is wrong and should either be illegal, or made harder to get. In a discussion on abortion they can refer to their faith and the Bible to help show that they strongly disagree with it. It will often affect the way in which they vote. It is more likely they will vote for a party that promises to make abortions illegal or harder to obtain. They may join a "pro-life" organisation such as SPUC (the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child). SPUC is not a Christian group but many Christians support it as it has similar views on issues such as abortion. SPUC believe that "abortion denies the most basic of human rights--the right to life--which is justly due to each member of the human family." They may take part in protests and demonstrations, telling the public their views on abortion. They could even picket clinics which offer abortions, and try to persuade couples going into the clinic to rethink their decision. However, a few times, mainly in America, this has been taken too far and anti-abortion groups have bombed abortion clinics. Even though they may have begun with the right intentions, it was taken too far and ended up in murder - which is exactly what they were trying to stop. ...read more.

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Other Christians would argue and say that there is support and care available for pregnant women in need, so there would be no need for an abortion. However, I do not believe it is acceptable for an abortion to occur because of a handicapped baby. God has a unique plan for every individual, and a disability is part of this plan for some humans. "For thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother's womb." Psalm 139 If a baby is disabled, but capable of living, it should be allowed to be born and live life in its own course, and have a "time to be born and a time to die" [Ecclesiastes 5]. I think that the legal limit for aborting a baby should be made lower, because at 24 weeks the foetus is recognisably a baby, and in general able to live outside of the womb with medical care. I do not, however think that abortion should be made illegal, because it would not stop women having them, they would go to backstreet clinics and nothing could ensure the safety of the women. Taking a life is surely worse than taking a potential life, so it must be better for abortions in safe clinics to be available. Overall, I agree with the Church of England view. I think that abortion can be justified because I believe that someone should not look after a child if they feel they are not capable and then that would not be fair on the child. ...read more.

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