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Some Christians believe that human life s sacred. Explain how this belief influences their attitudes toward abortion, showing that you understand different points of view.

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R.E. Coursework: Part 1 (1) Some Christians believe that human life s sacred. Explain how this belief influences their attitudes toward abortion, showing that you understand different points of view. Abortion The definition of abortion is death of a baby in the womb and its expulsion from the mother's body. This can happen in two ways: 1) Miscarriage- is a natural abortion. 2) Procured abortion- is when the foetus or the growing child is deliberately killed and removed from the womb. The law in the U.K. says that an abortion can be performed up to the end of the 24th week of pregnancy if two doctors agree that: a) Continuing the pregnancy would involve a risk of injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman greater than the risks involved in having an abortion. Or b) To continue the pregnancy would involve risk of injury to the physical or mental health of any existing children of the pregnant woman greater that the risks involved in her having an abortion. However the law allows an abortion at any stage of the pregnancy if the doctors agree: 1) That continuing the pregnancy would involve risk to the life of the mother. 2) That an abortion is necessary to prevent grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman. 3) That there is a substantial risk that if the child were born it would suffer from "such physical or mental abnormalities as to be seriously handicapped". I, personally, agree with the first reason. If it is a risk to the life of the mother, and the mother died giving birth to the child, the child would be deprived of the love and caring of a mother, especially if the child had no father or had anyone else to turn to for support. ...read more.

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"Women must have control over their own lives. For this we must have control over our own bodies...Abortion must become freely available to all women who want it. We must be able to have children when we want them, and children have the right to be wanted." (Women's Abortion and Contraception Campaign Manifesto) This quotation also brings up the subject of quality of life. But it also brings up another strong point across. Many women would still get abortions if it were made illegal in "back street" or "do-it-yourself" abortion clinics and a large percentage of these women would die due to lack of a sterilized environment, proper care, poor consultations etc. The choice of abortion is a very important one, probably one of the most important decisions that the pregnant woman would make in her life. It is an act of responsibility. Another argument the quotation raises is that every child brought into this world deserves to be a wanted child. Abortion saves thousands of children from being unwanted, and saves society from many problems. Different Christian Denominations and their Views on Abortion 1) The Roman Catholic Point of View The Catholic Church says that abortion is a sin in all cases. The Catholic Church teaches that deliberate procured abortion is a serious sin in all circumstances. They believe that human life begins at the moment of conception and from that moment onwards it is sacred and every attempt should be made to protect it. "A nation which kills it's own young has no future." ~ Pope John Paul II "Human life is sacred, all men must recognise that fact" ~ Pope Paul VI The quotes from Popes John Paul II and Paul VI show that the Roman Catholic Church is very much against abortion of any kind. ...read more.

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If for whatever reason the parents of the foetus refuse to have an abortion and do not want their child, then another option left would be adoption. Adoption gives other people who cannot have children a chance to be parents. This way no one is hurt and the baby still get a chance at life and to make a contribution to the human race. Another reason where I think abortion is acceptable is when it is known beforehand that the foetus is seriously deformed and will be born severely handicapped. I think that in this case the "quality of life" has priority over life itself. I think that it would be a lesser sin to abort the foetus than to let it live with terrible disability. Abortion could be used to relieve a woman who had become pregnant because she had been raped. If she were raped when she was in her early teens then I think that abortion is probably the best option for her as going ahead with the pregnancy would affect her physical and mental health. I think that abortion is a very thought provoking and controversial issue where there is no right or wrong, and where both sides raise significant arguments. I also think that the person who should have the greatest say in such a situation is the pregnant woman. She is the person that would be affected the most either way and should have the choice of an abortion should she want one. She should also not be forced to have an abortion against her will. I think that abortion should not be misused or used for the wrong reasons as this shows complete disregard for human life and could be interpreted as equivalent to murder. ...read more.

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