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The Christian views on abortion Views that support and oppose abortion My personal opinions on the subject of abortion

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August 2003 Ramin Rouhani Contents August 2003 Ramin Rouhani Statement of Intent In recent years, abortion has become one of the world's most discussed ethical issues. This has made a huge impact on both men and women' lives. There are many different views on abortion dating back from the Old Testament to the present day. I intend to show you all of abortion's conventional arguments. I hope to establish few of these views; * The Christian views on abortion * Views that support and oppose abortion * My personal opinions on the subject of abortion My coursework will include different factors to use in discussion including a definition of abortion, Biblical quotes and references, issues of rape and incest. The following questions (below) on the subject of abortion will be answered in this coursework: a. (i) What is meant by 'abortion'? (ii) What Biblical and Church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion? b. Explain how Christians might put their beliefs about Abortion into action. c. 'Abortion is never justified' - Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answers and show that you have thought about different point of views. You must refer to Christianity in your answer. August 2003 Ramin Rouhani What is meant by the word 'abortion'? The definition of abortion by law is the premature expulsion of a human foetus from the womb. There is more than one type of abortion, spontaneous and induced. ...read more.

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I have written your names on the Palms of my hand.'" Isaiah 49:15-16 This child she bore is referred to in the chapter, but o mention is made of the baby before the birth. This could mean that the baby is not actually 'living' before the birth. This passage continues: "can a mother forget the infant in her womb? Well it, even if she would forget, I will Never forget." Isaiah 49:50 The foetus is referred to as 'infant', which can give the impression that he/she was alive. However this could support abortion as 'forgetting' refers to an abortion - this may symbolise the mother trying to forget about the unwanted. If the foetus is alive, this passage is not condemning the 'forgetting', but instead saying no matter what happens, God will always have a place for this life. "You created every part of me; you put me together in my mother's womb... when I was growing there in secret, you knew that I was there, you saw me before I was born..." The Psalms (the Psalmist addresses God) 139:13 and 15 This gives the impression that the Psalmist was actually alive in the womb. God was aware of him although he wasn't born yet. This shows that life has begun in the womb in the early stages of development of the offspring. "Thou shall not kill" The 10 Commandments, Exodus 20 August 2003 Ramin Rouhani Killing is completely forbidden in Christianity, throughout any stage of life! ...read more.

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If the baby is alive within the period of being in the mother's womb, there is great injustice towards the foetus. Modern science proved the foetus is alive and the United Nations Declaration of Rights of the Children (1959). No society has ever been known where abortion has not existed in some form, whatever the religious leaders or male secular have said. If abortion were a crime, many women would risk their lives and health in back street abortion clinics. "Since human life begins at conception, ie fertilisation, and since all life should be equally protected by law from conception to natural death, whether or not the human being concerned is wanted or handicapped, it follows that the destruction of unborn life is always wrong." LIFE Campaign The Humanists agree that everyone has the right to freedom of choice, because opinions are different of when the life of a foetus begins, the minority that is Catholic Church has no right to impose it's view on others. An open society must respect the rights of the people for the choice of their future, so religious views should not be forced upon the people who do not choose to listen. Every human has the right to want to be a wanted child. Induced abortion brings a solution to the future of unwanted children being born every year. No child deserves to be unwanted or unloved because of poor education and a lack of contraception, which is what would happen if abortion could not be justified. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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