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The Abortion Debate.

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THE ABORTION DEBATE A1. What is meant by the word abortion? A2. What Biblical and Church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion? This piece of coursework is about the controversial and complex issue of abortion, and the different views taken by the Roman Catholics, Christians and various other organisations. What is abortion? Abortion is the unnatural termination of an unborn child/foetus before it has had the chance to live. The law states that at 24weeks the foetus is developed and you are now viable for murder. However in certain cases allowances are made e.g. if the baby will die at birth and also cause the death of the mother. ...read more.

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They also believe that all human life is sacred, including the baby in a womb. Christians take a more liberal view on abortion. There are some Christians who believe the bible says nothing about abortions. In one sense this true. There is no direct teaching that says 'thou shall not allow a woman to have an abortion' but on the other hand every person interoperates the bible differently. Some Christians may refer to 'thou shall not kill' and say that it is as simple as that. In general Christianity is against abortion but in certain situations they believe it is necessary. ...read more.

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Roman Catholics believe that life begins at conception, whereas the law in U.K. states that limbs are formed by 24weeks, therefore life has started. In some countries such as Southern Ireland abortion is still illegal and mothers wanting the operation resort to illegal underground methods or have to come to the U.K. for an abortion. This is portrayed in the 1999 film Felicia's Journey showing how abortion is looked down upon in Southern Ireland and what lengths a young mother has to go through to obtain an abortion and the mental trauma inflicted by this experience. Some people may argue that by taking the pill, a new life is being denied and so this is a form of abortion, however I believe this only an extreme view. ...read more.

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