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Is Abortion a Gift or a Curse to Society?

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Is Abortion a Gift or a Curse to Society? Abortion is deemed as the premature expulsion of the foetus from the womb. Abortion is not a modern moral dilemma, contrary to what a lot of people think. It has been an issue since Jesus' time, and before, as even in the Old Testament times the law concerning abortion was that if you killed an unborn child you were responsible to pay compensation. In modern times, Parliament has debated the subject many times and has drawn up two main reasons as to why an abortion can legally be carried out so long as the pregnancy hasn't reached its 24th week. 1. That continuing the pregnancy would involve serious mental or physical risk to the woman or her immediate family or 2. If there is a strong risk that the baby could be born severely handicapped. In recent years only two percent of abortions happened due to these reasons. ...read more.

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that abortion is fine, and should be available on demand. The churches also have their own view on abortion. The Protestant churches differ somewhat, although they are all against abortion on demand and mostly think along the same lines as the law. The Catholic church has a very resolute view on abortion. It believes that all abortion is wrong and immoral. They take this view because they believe that our bodies are God's temples- 'Do you not know that His spirit dwells within you?' Corinthians 3:16 It also says in the Psalms that we are known to God even before we are conceived; therefore it is wrong to kill an unborn child: 'You created every part of me; You put me together in my mother's womb...You saw me before I was even born' Psalm 139. The Catholic church is completely pro life. Other Pro-life campaigners say that life begins at conception too, that a foetus is never just part of its mother's body. ...read more.

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Why should we kill an unborn person because they have a handicap? I know people who lead happy lives even though they are physically or mentally handicapped- they can come to terms with it- why can't we? I have noticed that all the arguments against abortion are impersonal and are based on the idea that life doesn't start until birth, but with medical advances a baby born as early as 24 weeks can survive in the world. So since birth is so unpredictable, that cannot be seen as the start of life. I do think that by allowing abortion, society is taking the easy way out and we should try for better care for pregnant mothers who would otherwise abort. In conclusion, I believe that abortion is wrong, and that it is definitely a curse to society- through the trauma it causes, and the money and the time it wastes on debates and arguments. I think we should treat out bodies as God would want and our children, born and unborn, likewise. 1 David Dick RE coursework ...read more.

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