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Religion and Medical Ethics: Abortion

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Religion and Medical Ethics: Abortion An abortion is also known as a termination, meaning to terminate, to stop. An abortion is when you stop a pregnancy, by removing the foetus from the womb. Many people frown upon abortions, as they see them as the killing of a life. Other people believe that it is a 'potential' life, and that a foetus is not considered to be a child. Some people feel that in a situation where the prospective parents are told their unborn child may be disabled, an abortion is acceptable. The situation mostly frowned upon is abortion for social reasons e.g. the mother cannot afford to bring up the child, is too young to have a child, it is not the right time for having a child. A foetus can be removed from the womb by means of abortion, no later than 24 weeks into the pregnancy. This is presently considered to be the "point of viability", as after this time, with the use of modern technology, a foetus is capable of surviving outside the womb. Originally, the point of viability was 28 weeks, but developments in technology have changed this. ...read more.

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Followers of the Church of England have a wide range of opinions on abortion, and most are flexible in their approach. Some believe that abortion is wrong under any circumstances. The religion with the strongest views on abortion is the Roman Catholic Church. They believe that human life is present from the beginning of the pregnancy, as they do not have proof that it is not. They believe that even the unfertilised egg has the status of a human being, and that motherhood is the supreme ideal. Abortion to them is murder. They feel very strongly that the foetus is alive, so if a woman late in her pregnancy has a miscarriage, they will perform a funeral. Earlier miscarriages are not given a full funeral, but are still considered to be a child. Finally, the Sikh religion has similar views to that of the Church of England. They consider that a medical abortion is acceptable, and even advise abortion if it is felt that a woman's life is at risk due to pregnancy. They believe that life starts at conception, as the soul enters the body, and that general abortion is not acceptable. ...read more.

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They could be thrown out of their parental homes, and left to take care of the child alone. In this case, it may be better for them to consider aborting the pregnancy. If a pregnant teenager was to finish her education at school, they could encounter prejudice, and find it hard to get through day-to-day life. If they are too young to work full time, they could not support a child financially or run a home. They would be unable to provide the child with it's basic needs. It may be in some cases of teenage pregnancy, there would be support from parents, and they would help them raise their child. The decision for a young person to have a child, is a very hard one, as they would need to support of others, in order to be able to raise their child. Because of these factors, I feel that teenagers should have the right to abort their pregnancy. However, I disagree with abortions for some social reasons. Someone who has a decent home, and is able to provide for a child, should not abort their pregnancy, as they should be capable of raising their child. A child's life should not be taken away, just because it is an inconvenience. ...read more.

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