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The dictionary describes abortion as the "Premature expulsion of a foetus from the womb."

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GCSE Religious Studies St Bede's Blackburn 47119 Liam McManus Date completed: Abortion The dictionary describes abortion as the "Premature expulsion of a foetus from the womb." This basically means the removal of a foetus from a woman's womb before it has had a chance of a unique life. There are two types of abortion. These are natural and procured abortion. Natural abortion is a miscarriage and procured abortion is a deliberate abortion. Before 1967, abortion was illegal and not openly discussed. In these times if a woman had money they would be taken to an illegal clinic for an illegal operation. Others would think she had a miscarriage. If they had no money they would try to abort the foetus themselves using household items such as salts and alcohol in a boiling hot bath. Despite bitter opposition the abortion act was passed in 1967. The laws are that, this country allows abortions if certain things can be shown or proved such as if a girl wanted an abortion because she was too young or if she got raped. An abortion can happen if only two doctors agree and if the woman is less than 24 weeks pregnant. ...read more.

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In Mathew 19:18-19 Jesus talks about how you shouldn't murder which is why the Church doesn't approve in abortion. On the other hand women who have become pregnant as a result of rape need to abort their child because of all the mental and physical pressure on the innocent woman. Luke 1:26-36. The birth of Jesus foretold summarises what girls of this day and age should do, when they are granted with a gift from God. The angel Gabriel came to Mary and said, "You will be with child and give birth to a son." Mary was very worried about what might happen as she is a virgin, "Since I am a virgin?" Mary was very young when she became pregnant, she could be an idol to other young pregnant females in this world today because she accepts her role and responsibility as a parent. Comparing the Roman Catholic view of abortion to other organisations. "The Anglican view on abortion is that although the foetus is to be specially respected and protected, nonetheless the life of the foetus is not absolutely sacrosanct if it endangers the life of its mother." ...read more.

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For this we must have control over our own bodies. I think abortion should remain freely available to all women who want it. Although in the Ten Commandments it says, "Do not murder." This is exactly what we are doing and apart of me wants abortion to be illegal because the doctors are murdering the unique children. The other part of me thinks that the Church should add a few more exceptions to having an abortion i.e. If the mother is underage and would not be able to look after the baby or if the woman was raped and became pregnant as a result of rape, these would all qualify to have an abortion in my point of view. In my eyes a few more exceptions for women to have abortions legally in the eyes of the Lord are needed. I agree that abortion is wrong because it kills the baby and sometimes harms the mother but there are other ways of dealing with pregnancy with contraception i.e. the pill which prevents a woman getting pregnant. I know that the Church doesn't allow this so you should find out when the female is in her infertile period. The Church needs to consider other factors of possible situations of women having abortions. ...read more.

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