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R.S Coursework on Abortion Ai) What is meant by the word abortion? According to the Collins English Dictionary the word abortion means 'An operation to end pregnancy. The premature ending of a pregnancy when a foetus is expelled from the womb before it can live independently.' A natural expulsion, the result of natural causes is referred to as a miscarriage. If for some reason the baby is unwanted then a deliberate termination is an abortion. The baby could be the result of a rape, the mother might not be equipped to raise a child or too young, there could also be medical problems or health related problems. All these factors can lead to abortion, which means that there is a high demand for abortions today. ...read more.


I have written your name on your palms of my hands.' (Isaiah 49:15-16) God knows each person from the moment of conception. A quotation to support this is 'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you.' (Jeremiah 1:5) The Bible also teaches us that you should not murder, and abortion so many believe is a form of murder. This is one of the Ten Commandments: 'Thou shalt not kill' (Exodus 20:13) Different groups within Christianity hold different views on abortion. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that human life starts from the moment of conception so everyone is special and life should always be protected. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that abortion in all cases is a serious sin. ...read more.


However it teaches that this was only in 'the great majority of cases'. The Protestant Churches generally think that abortion is generally undesirable, but that it may be acceptable in some cases. They see that these cases are quite hard to define and in the end it all comes down to the women's right to make their own decision about having an abortion. Some Evangelical Christians firmly follow what the Bible appears to say about abortion and so totally rule out any form or type of abortion. They think that it is God's gift and choice to give and take life and not the choice of humans. Most Christian groups teach that abortion is wrong based on many Biblical passages and this is likely to be their contribution to a discussion on the subject. Kate Macnamara ...read more.

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