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Is abortion ever justified

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Is Abortion Ever Justified? "Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy by artificial or chemical means." Abortion is a very complex and emotive issue on which different people and different church traditions have differing views on. Abortion has been legal in Britain since 1967, where it was allowed up until 28 weeks. In 1990 the law was passed to allow a pregnancy to be terminated right up until the 24th week. In Northern Ireland there were 1295 abortions in 2006, most of which were for people aged 20-24 this is a very high figure. (Although abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland 1295 people went to England for abortions in 2006. Most were aged between 20 and 24). There are two view points on abortion- Pro-Life and Pro-Choice. Pro-Life is generally the Christian position on abortion. Christians believe in the sanctity of life- all life is created by God and is special and should be protected. People who are Pro-Life believe the baby is a person at conception and therefore abortion should not be allowed in any circumstances. ...read more.

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The mother has the right to do what she wants with her body. None of the Christian Churches believe that abortion should be encouraged and most agree that it should only be used in the most serious circumstances. The Roman Catholic Church believes it is only justified as a result of a woman receiving necessary medial treatment. This is known as the double effect. For Christians the Bible is a very important book for teaching about their faith. The Bible appears to say that life begins when the baby is in the mother's womb: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you before you were born I set you apart." Jeremiah 1:5 "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb." Psalm 139:13 The Bible condemns murder and if the baby in the womb is a person then abortion can be considered taking the life of a human being: "Anyone who kills a human being shall be put to death." Lev 24:17 "Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person. ...read more.

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I feel only God has the right to say whether a child should live or die. In the circumstances of risk to the mother's life I think abortion could be considered but not necessarily used. I think in any other circumstances abortion shouldn't be an option. "If you do make a mistake don't destroy the life ... because also to that child God says, "I have called you by your name, I have carved you in the palm of my hand: you are mine" Mother Teresa (Roman Catholic Nun) 1 The continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated, of injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman. -The continuance of the pregnancy would involve risk, greater than if the pregnancy were terminated, of injury to the physical or mental health of any existing children of the family of the pregnant woman. -There is a substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped, or in emergency, certified by the operating practitioners as immediately necessary. ?? ?? ?? ?? Sharon Boyd ...read more.

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