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Is abortion justifiable in cases of rape or incest?

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Is abortion justifiable in cases of rape or incest? Abortion:" the expulsion or removal of a human foetus from the uterus before the foetus is capable of independent survival" (Heinemann English dictionary). "...In these tragic cases the great value of the mental health of a woman who becomes pregnant as a result of rape or incest can best be safe-guarded by abortion. It is also said that a pregnancy caused by rape or incest is the result of a grave injustice and that the victim should not be obliged to carry the foetus to viability." Biochemist Andrew Varga "In a rape case, if there's anyone who deserves a death sentence, I think we'd agree that it's the guy who commits the crime. But to say that the child deserves death is to punish a totally innocent bystander. He (or she) had nothing to do with his mother's rape, but now he should be killed? The baby is a living human being, not a cancer that has to be cut out." Randy Alcom There is a large controversial issue on abortion there are two different sides to the argument on whether abortion is justifiable those who believe that abortion should be legalised either in certain cases or on demand (pro-choice)

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No pregnancy is unplanned because no baby can be conceived, unless God intends that conception and has willed that particular unique and complete individual into existence"(Catholic Truth Society). The international termination of pregnancy is always wrong, "Life must be respected with the up most care from the moment of conception. Abortion and infanticide are always wrong" (Gaudium Et Spes). The Christian churches all agree that the biblical teaching on respect for life states that we must have the up most respect for all human life. The sanctity of human life is reinforced by the commandment: "Thou shall not kill" All Christians believe that the unborn child has a relationship with God. "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you where born, I consecrated you"(Jeremiah). "For you created my unformed body, all the days ordained for me, where written in your book before one of them came to be" (Psalm 139). A lot of people use a case of rape to justify abortion, that the woman suffering will be too traumatised to carry on with the pregnancy. People also believe that if the baby if going to be born with abnormalities it is understandable to have an abortion.

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The fact that the legalities of the procedure only refer to those in Great Britain is just an obstruction for the abortion-seeking women of Northern Ireland. Out of every 20,000 pregnancies in Belfast annually approximately 23 % are unplanned. And out of this 23 % around a 3rd of the women have to travel abroad to have abortions. Why should abortions be limited to only those who can afford to travel? From my essay you have probably established that I am pro-choice. Abortion should be legal to those who want or need it. Those with strong religious and moral objections to abortion argue that the rights of the unborn child override those of the mother. I think that the woman should be allowed to make her own choice, as it her body and it is her life that will be affected by the birth of the child. Abortion should be legal to those who want or need it. Though, to prevent unnecessary deaths, there should be a rigorous screening/questioning program to ensure that the mother really doesn't want the child, or to make sure she knows all the alternatives. I think it should be the mother's choice of whether to have the baby or not. If you think about it, it is her life.

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