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The sanctity of life - Abortion

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The sanctity of life - Abortion Explain how Christians would respond to the issue you have chosen. In your answer you should refer to different attitudes that Christian's have to the selected issue, as well as to the practical ways that Christians might offer support. Contraception: A means of stopping conception (pregnancy) taking place by chemical or mechanical means. Abortion: Stopping the development of a foetus by chemical or mechanical means. There are many viewpoints on contraception from the different Christian churches. Most couples in today's times feel they have the need to control the amount of children they have. The Roman Church teaches that sexual intercourse should only been done if it's in the means of conception. There is much controversy over these views especially in places where there is overpopulation. "It is right and proper for parents to regulate the number of children that they have and the spaces between the children, but not be means that which artificially make it impossible for sexual intercourse to result in conception (pregnancy)." ...read more.

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The 1967 Abortion Act, which legalised abortion on social grounds as well as purely health grounds, was a big step forward in women's struggle for reproductive rights - for the right to end an unwanted pregnancy. Its introduction is a testament to the determination of women in the labour movement and other campaigners for women's rights to end the suffering caused by illegal, 'back street' abortions. 'Back street' abortions happened before 1967 (and for years afterwards). These illegal abortions were usually carried out by unskilled people under unhygienic conditions, and thousands of women each year died or were left with permanent health problems after suffering haemorrhaging or infection from a unhygienic abortion. Many were too scared to seek medical attention as they risked prison by doing so; and most woman who sought for an abortion were out of marriage - something that was strongly forbidden back then. The Abortion Act was introduced at a time of economic boom when women were starting to work outside the home in greater numbers, were growing in confidence and demanding recognition of their role and rights within society. ...read more.

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a situation where the mother may die or if she is likely to suffer very seriously psychologically problems, than an abortion may take place; the same as The Church Of England, Protestants, The Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches. Judaism would never agree with a termination for 'social' reasons e.g. if it was the wrong gender, or got in the way of a trip or just didn't want it. So basically, all the religions agree on the fact that a human life is sacred and there should never be an abortion, but only in extreme cases (as shown above) should abortion be taken place, in accordance with the go ahead by two different doctors. "When in the course of a brawl a man knocks against a pregnant woman so that she has a miscarriage but suffers no further hurt than the offender must pay whatever fine the woman's husband demands after assessment. If the woman is further hurt you shall give life for life." (Exodus 21:22-3) Rachel. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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