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Religious views on Abortion

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A1 In a dictionary the definition of abortion is that it is a," termination of pregnancy and expulsion of an embryo or fetus which is incapable of survival. Any of various procedures that result in such termination or expulsion .also called induced abortion. The premature expulsion of nonviable fetus from the uterus; a miscarriage. Cessation of normal growth, especially of an organ or other body part, prior to full development or maturation. An aborted organism. Something malformed or in completely developed; a monstrosity. "This definition came from an online dictionary, where as the oxford dictionary has this definition, "natural or induced expulsion of fetus before it can survive; stunned or misshapen creature." As you can see these are similar definitions. From an Encarta research book I found that it gave this detail about abortion; abortion is a process in which an unborn baby can either be induced or spontaneous. Expelled fetuses weighing less than o.5kg (18oz) of less than 20 weeks of gestations are usually considered abortions." It says that around 25 per cent of all human pregnancies terminate d spontansneously in abortion with 3 out 4 abortions accruing during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Spontaneous abortions are better known as miscarriages. Most will occur at home with little danger to the mother. There may be a slight excessive bleeding. ...read more.


She would have to keep the baby and jeopardize her future and forget her dreams. B2 A typical Church of England view on abortion is firstly a roman catholic church says; "abortion is murder. It should not be allowed." Secondly the protestant church says abortion should only be allowed in some cases. These cases are: * The life or health of the mother is under threat. *The baby is likely to be born severely abnormal. *The lives of the mother or any other children would be made a lot worse, *there was great poverty or very poor housing (social conditions.) Although some Protestants do think abortion is wrong. A Methodist statement on abortion adopted b the Methodist Church in 1976 says that Christians believe that God created man and that man is created in his image and thought marred by sin in an eternal being. It believes that the value and importance of all human life by keeping in mind the fetus has a right to live. Also they have another side to the abortion argument that keeps in the interests of the mother, therefore seeing that the fetus relies on the mother for the first 20 weeks of pregnancy; she should have a right to decide weather or not to continue the pregnancy. A statement they use from Para 9 says "there is not a moment from pregnancy onwards when the fetus lacks human significance." ...read more.


Thirdly, even a handicapped child can have a good happy live. Just because they are handicapped doesn't mean they won't be able to do anything in life, they can still go to school and earn and play and basically live life to the full just like every other person. There is nothing that we can do that they can't. Fourthly, an unborn child has rights. It is a human being from the time it is conceived. This child can not speak out and as it is still inside its mother's womb but we should give this baby a chance to live before we take its life away from it, it has done anything wrong to deserve to be killed. Fifthly, if more people took care about contraception there would be no need for abortions. People should start thinking before they act. More education should be given out about safe sex, Sixthly, some would see that abortion is just like murder, it's just like killing a body, you just can't see the body. Why a woman should get away with killing her unborn baby but if someone kills some they get put in prison, why is this different? Surely veveryone should be treated the same. Seventhly, children can be adopted if they are not wanted. They should still be given the chance to a happy life even if they are put with a family who they don't originally come from. At least they will have a chance at a happy life with some one who loves them. ...read more.

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