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SECTION A (i) Abortion is the removal or expulsion of an unborn foetus from the womb, resulting in or caused by it's death. This can occur as a miscarriage or can be induced by chemical or surgical procedures. An abortion can only take place before the point of viability, which is the point at which the unborn foetus would be able to survive independently outside of its mother's womb. This is a literal, dictionary definition of the word, but different people take different views and interpret it in individual ways. There are quite a few different methods which can be put into practice when performing an abortion, some more gruesome than others. One method is suction aspiration, which is the most common and takes place before the pregnancy has gone beyond twelve weeks. This involves dilating the cervix before a suction curette is inserted into the womb. A suction curette is a hollow tube with a knife edge tip. This is connected to a powerful vacuum, which tears the baby into pieces and sucks them out into a bottle. They are then discarded. Another method, which is more common in the later stages of pregnancy, just before the point of viability, is a partial birth abortion. ...read more.


Many see abortion as murder. And clearly this goes against God. This is one of the Ten Commandments. They are the 10 fundamental rules by which a Christian is supposed to live their life and they believe that going against them is a very serious sin. Another teaching is Job 1v21: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised." This suggests that human life is a gift from God and that it is therefore very holy. This suggests that it is up to God to give and take life and that we should not interfere. Abortion therefore goes against the idea that God is the only one who can give and take life. Psalm 139v13-16 states: "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. ...read more.


Roman Catholics believe that abortion is "against the voice of nature and the commandment of God". The Church of England is also against abortion, but they do accept that there are certain serious circumstances in which abortion may be the most loving thing to do. These circumstances are when there is a risk to the mother, or if the child will suffer a disability, or if the child is a result of rape. The church believes that all alternatives should be considered before a decision is taken to have an abortion. They want to promote educational programmes, which teach children about contraception. The Methodist Church had a conference in 1976. Their teachings about abortion are very similar to those of the Church of England. They believe that abortion should always be avoided, if possible. They believe in offering help to the mother during her pregnancy and they believe in putting children who will not have a comfortable home into adoption. As you can see, Christianity sees abortion as a very serious issue. Although the bible actually makes no specific reference to abortion, there are plenty of passages in the bible which can apply to the topic. The churches all have different opinions and attitudes towards abortion, but all of them believe that it is not good and should be avoided. ...read more.

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